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W. H. AUDEN'S THEOLOGY OF HISTORY IN <i>HORAE CANONICAE</i>: ‘PRIME’, ‘TERCE’, AND ‘SEXT’

Jan Curtis

in Literature and Theology

Volume 11, issue 1, pages 46-66
Published in print March 1997 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 1997 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/11.1.46
W. H. AUDEN'S THEOLOGY OF HISTORY IN HORAE CANONICAE: ‘PRIME’, ‘TERCE’, AND ‘SEXT’

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Horae Canonicae, as a poetic construct, provides an analogue of the Christian philosophy of history, but the Divine Office, as a liturgical pattern of devotion, suggests, not only analogy, but a sacramental re-enacment of the events of salvation history. Auden's study of the unfolding of sacred history, beginning with the fall of universal Adam in the morning hour of ‘Prime’, is formed by the work of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich. Like Niebuhr and Tillich, Auden develops a theology of history which depends on the centrality of Christ and rejects the credo of human perfectability as inadequate for an interpretation of our nature and destiny. Also, from a Christian perspective history is not an unredeemable process of deterioration, as it is interpreted in non-historical religions, but an original, unique reality characterized by the freedom of creativity which is analogous to the activity of God in history.

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