Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination

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"Faith, Hope and Poetry explores the poetic imagination as a way of knowing; a way of seeing reality more clearly. Presenting a series of critical appreciations of English poetry from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day, Malcolm Guite applies the insights of poetry to contemporary issues and the contribution poetry can make to our religious knowing and the way we Ãdo Theology'." This book is not solely concerned with overtly religious poetry; attends to the paradoxical ways in which the poetry of doubt and despair also enriches theology. Developing an original analysis and application of the poetic vision of Coleridge, Larkin and Seamus Heaney in the final chapters, Guite builds towards a substantial theology of imagination and provides unique insights into truth which complement and enrich more strictly rational ways of knowing. Readers of this book will return to their reading of poetry equipped with new insights and enthusiasm and will be challenged to integrate imaginative ways of knowing into their other academic and intellectual pursuits.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements of Copyright

Introduction: Poetry and Transfiguration: Reading for a New Vision 1

1 Seeing through Dreams: Image and Truth in The Dream of the Rood 31

2 Truth and Feigning: Story and Play in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest 53

3 Understanding Light: Ways of Knowing in the Poems of Sir John Davies 75

4 A Second Glance: Transfigured Vision in the Poems of John Donne and George Herbert 103

5 Holy Light and Human Blindness: Visions of the Invisible in the Poetry of Henry Vaughan and Milton 125

6 A Secret Ministry: Journeying with Coleridge to the Source of the Imagination 145

7 Doubting Faith, Reticent Hope: Transfigured Vision in Thomas Hardy, Phillip Larkin and Geoffrey Hill 179

8 The Replenishing Fountain: Hope and Renewal in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney 201

Conclusion 243

Bibliography 245

Index 251

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