Henry Vaughan: Flores Solitudinus

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

Flores Solitudinis is made up, in the words of its title-page, of “Certaine Rare and Elegant Pieces . . . Collected in his Sicknesse and Retirement by Henry Vaughan, Silurist”. The work was presumably compiled early in the 1650s, since its Dedication is dated 1653 and the address “To the Reader” is dated April 17, 1652. The volume's prefatory material makes clear Vaughan's conception of the collection's major themes: “solitude and the contempt of the world”. Vaughan's desire is to affirm and support his belief that the worldly life offers only “trash and illusion”, “a swift succession of rising Clouds, which neither abide in any certain forme, nor continue for any long time”, while the “supreme fruitions …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Flores Solitudinus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
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