"The Retreat" by Henry Vaughan

Callahan, Monique-Adelle
June 2011
Retreat;6/ 1/2011, p1
Poem Analysis
This article presents an explication of Henry Vaughan's, "The Retreat." As an example of Vaughan's religious poetry, the poem features the theme of returning to a state of spiritual innocence from the corruption of adulthood in earthly life. Ultimately, this desire becomes a desire for death as the means to retreat to the purity of soul that exists in infancy and youth.


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