About Richard CrashawRichard Crashaw, was an English poet, teacher, and Anglican cleric, who was among the major figures associated with the metaphysical poets in seventeenth-century English literature. Crashaw's poetry, although often categorized with those of the contemporary English metaphysical poets, exhibits similarities with the Baroque poets and influenced in part by the works of Italian and Spanish mystics. It draws parallels between between the physical beauties of nature and the spiritual significance of existence. Though his body of work is of uneven quality, his work is said to be marked by a focus toward love with the smaller graces of life and the profounder truths of religion, while he seems forever preoccupied with the secret architecture of things.
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