Journal Article

The Poetry of Anthony Thwaite: An Archaeology of Belief

Kevin J. Gardner

in Literature and Theology

Volume 23, issue 1, pages 51-68
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frn042
The Poetry of Anthony Thwaite: An Archaeology of Belief

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The defining characteristic of the poetry of Anthony Thwaite is the poet's profound interest in archaeology. This essay explores how the archaeologist's scientific method is used to explore not merely the historical and material but also the personal and the spiritual. Throughout his poetry Thwaite sustains a steady exploration of religious practice and belief through archaeological metaphor, but his most striking archeological motif lies in the poetic impulse to turn the archaeological excavation on the self. In surprising ways, he uses his archaeological experience and knowledge to explore his own spiritual and religious impulses, and discovers the vibrancy of belief not only among past cultures but also in the present. Thwaite's serious curiosity about religious faith allows him to unearth an expected desire for belief within himself.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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