Sir Richard Blackmore (1650_1729) was deeply affected by the Protestant poetic trends in England, which favored the Sacred Scriptures as a source for what was termed 'divine poetry.' His preference also prized the religious poetic trends as a spiritual weapon against vice and atheism. His advocacy of ideas upholding virtue, morality, and Christianity in a world that was undergoing phenomenal changes in its mores served as a backbone for the renewal and strengthening of the increasing popularity of divine poetry. This work further explores the Bible's influence on Blackmore's physico-theological poems, his personal notions of a Creator, and his scientific ideas.
Michela Pizzol Giacomini graduated Cum Laude from Ca'Foscari University in Venice, Italy and holds a Ph.D. in Languages and Literary Studies. She is a tutor and continues her research in the Bible, the English language and literature.
Part 1 Introduction: "Blackmore, the Bible, Nature, and God" Chapter 2 Sir Richard Blackmore's Life and Works Chapter 3 Creation Chapter 4 The Theory of Divine Poetry Chapter 5 A Paraphrase on the Book of Job Chapter 6 Redemption Part 7 Conclusion Part 8 Annotated Bibliography Part 9 Index