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Robert SouthwellSnow in Arcadia: Redrawing the English Lyric Landscape, 1586-95$
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Anne R. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074189

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074189.001.0001

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The Spiritual Exercises: the ‘inward eie’1

The Spiritual Exercises: the ‘inward eie’1

(p.71) Chapter 2 The Spiritual Exercises: the ‘inward eie’1
Robert Southwell

Anne Sweeney

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the influence of Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises on Southwell. It first discusses Southwell's religious training, which made him aware of the presence of the angelic, and allowed him to express it accordingly in his poetry. The chapter shows that it is the encouragement to express and study personal feeling that makes Exercises useful to an examination of the creation in English poetry of a new psychological realism and emotional integrity. It then considers the core experience of Exercises and stresses that Ignatius presented an understanding of the psychological processes involved in self-analysis.

Keywords:   Spiritual Exercises, religious training, angelic, personal feeling, English poetry, psychological realism, emotional integrity, core experience, psychological processes, self-analysis

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