Journal Article

Believing in Poetry

Michael Edwards

in Literature and Theology

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 10-19
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frq066
Believing in Poetry

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This article interrogates the phrase ‘Believing in poetry’, whose usefulness is to make one reflect on the relation between its two meanings. It therefore asks the following questions. Can one distinguish, ultimately, believing in poetry, crediting poetry with a distinct and important function, from living one’s belief, especially religious, in poetry, in the act of writing or reading? In what sense can one believe in poetry if one believes above all in, say, Christianity? In being something other than the assertion of religious platitudes, or novelties, in verse, how does the poetry of a believer arise from his belief, and how does it embrace and modify his sense of what poetry is? In short: how should one believe in poetry? How might one believe, in poetry?

Journal Article.  4942 words. 

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

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