Poetry and Revelation: For a Phenomenology of Religious Poetry

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Apr 20, 2017 - Philosophy - 344 pages
Religious poetry has often been regarded as minor poetry and dismissed in large part because poetry is taken to require direct experience; whereas religious poetry is taken to be based on faith, that is, on second or third hand experience. The best methods of thinking about "experience" are given to us by phenomenology. Poetry and Revelation is the first study of religious poetry through a phenomenological lens, one that works with the distinction between manifestation (in which everything is made manifest) and revelation (in which the mystery is re-veiled as well as revealed). Providing a phenomenological investigation of a wide range of “religious poems”, some medieval, some modern; some written in English, others written in European languages; some from America, some from Britain, and some from Australia, Kevin Hart provides a unique new way of thinking about religious poetry and the nature of revelation itself.
 

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Contents

Hopkins counterexperience and reductio
3
On material spirit in Hopkins
21
Some phenomenology and theology in Burnt Norton
41
Part Two On Geoffrey Hil
61
Young Geoffrey Hill and the problem of religious poetry
63
5 it is true
77
6 Transcendence in tears
93
7 Uncommon equivocation in Geoffrey Hill
113
Some phenomenology and religion in Robert Gray
151
Part Four Religio Poetę
173
Philippe Jaccottet and the Dream of God
175
12 Eugenio Montale and the other truth
189
On Charles Wrights belief beyond belief
205
Part Five Morning knowledge
225
Four Marian lyrics
227
15 Ambassadors and votaries of silence
243

Part Three Three Australian poets
123
8 Susannah without the cherub
125
How to read a poem by Judith Wright
141
Notes
265
Index
325
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Kevin Hart is Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, USA. He also holds professorships in the Department of English and the Department of French. He has written a number of scholarly books, edited collections, and written several volumes of poetry.

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