16. George Herbert. "Easter Wings," 1633.
Published here in: George Herbert. The temple. Sacred poems and private ejaculations. London: W. Godbid, 1674..
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George Herbert's "Easter Wings" is probably the most widely-known visual poem in the English language. The credit should not go entirely to Herbert, however, as the shape of his poem is transparently a copy of Simmias's "Wings" (Item 1) from nearly 2000 years prior. Here is concrete evidence that old ideas can flourish again in new languages and new cultures. Herbert's poem is eloquently suited to its shape, with its protagonist recurrently falling into sin and shame, then rising back above, as if on wings.

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