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date: 11 December 2019

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Prison was a difficult yet defining experience for John Bunyan. His writings of the 1660s complement the introspective mode of Grace Abounding (1666) with polemical and pastoral purposes. I Will Pray with the Spirit (?1662) is a forceful attack on the Book of Common Prayer and the regulation of worship by the restored regime. His prison poems present discrete subjects for religious meditation set within an overarching narrative framework of providential history. His writings reshape the boundaries of time and space imposed by the harsh conditions of imprisonment. Christian Behaviour (1663), The Holy City (1665), and The Resurrection of the Dead (?1665) address different aspects of Christian temporal experience under the pressure of persecution. These and other texts of the 1660s anticipate some of the main themes of Bunyan’s major allegories.

Keywords: John Bunyan, 1660s, prayer, resurrection, prison, meditation

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