At this meeting we read poems by Henry Vaughan and George Herbert with an introduction by Diane Chorley who invited a general sharing of knowledge by members. This proved to be productive as everyone, it seemed, had ‘done their homework’ and added pieces to the general picture.
It was an afternoon of mainly ‘sacred poems’ – very moving at times. Although Vaughan was greatly influenced by George Herbert’s work the difference between the two was detectable. Herbert is simpler and more lyrical, Vaughan strikes the high notes in some of his startling images though his poetry is more dense and copious. As the better-known poet, George Herbert was particularly well- represented, though we listened to twelve poems by Henry Vaughan.