Poetry and Revelation: For a Phenomenology of Religious Poetry

Poetry and Revelation: For a Phenomenology of Religious Poetry

by Kevin Hart


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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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One of the greatest living religious poets has given us a luminous volume on religious poetry. We should pay attention, not least because Hart’s 'phenomenological theology' is turbaning out to be quite as interesting as his verse.” – Marginalia, LA Review of Books

“This acceptance of the complexity of religious and revelatory experience as a primary part of poetic utterance is one of the true gifts of this text … The text’s reward is that it helpfully provides a way into poetry as parallel experience to that of the life of faith: complex, evolving, and ever rooted in one’s lived experience.” – Reading Religion

“Hart’s writing style benefits from his poet’s ear, and Poetry and Revelation contains passages of great lyrical beauty as well as intellectual weight … Such passages demonstrate a harmonious marriage of academic virtuosity and beautiful writing, which gives the lie to any ill-judged claim that the relationship between poetry, philosophy, and religion is a zero-sum game.” – Los Angeles Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472598318
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/20/2017
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

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