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Political Theology in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw<sup>1</sup>

Jayme M. Yeo

in Literature and Theology

Volume 25, issue 4, pages 393-406
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online November 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frr052
Political Theology in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw1

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Richard Crashaw is not normally considered a political poet. And yet, he wrote a number of early poems on the British monarchy that demonstrate a keen interest in the nation's stability and future. This article seeks to integrate that work into critical understandings of the poet by reading one of his more ‘sacred’ poems, ‘The Flaming Heart’, in the light of his political poetry. This article demonstrates that the theology of ‘The Flaming Heart’ informs a deeply political project, in which mystical union with God is reimagined as a fundamental encounter with the other that forms the basis for an ideal society.

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

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