Journal Article

DUALISM AND THEODICY IN R.S THOMAS' POETRY

Christine Meilicke

in Literature and Theology

Volume 12, issue 4, pages 407-418
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/12.4.407
DUALISM AND THEODICY IN R.S THOMAS' POETRY

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This article investigates one aspect of R s. Tomas' creative response to the problem of theodicy in his poetry collections H'm, Laboratories of the spirit and Frequencies. It focuse on the use of dualistic and gnostic concepts in the mythopoeic presentation of GOd. H. Jonas' analysis of the heretical method of allegorical inversion in gnostic mythology serve as a theoretical background to the interpretation of various poems. An imaginative theodicy of protest feeding on religious scepticism is revealed.

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