Chapter

Woodland Deer

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813130040
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0008
Woodland Deer

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This chapter provides a vignette or snapshot of Thomas Merton's spiritual journey—his story in miniature—as he learned to interact responsibly with the deer in the woods surrounding his hermitage. Emulating Merton's fondness for metaphor and analogy, the word symphony is deliberately used: his transformative interaction with deer follows the musical structure of the first movement of a symphony: exposition, development, and recapitulation or coda. In general, it is stated that humans need to develop an ecological conscience.

Keywords: Thomas Merton; deer; woods; ecological conscience; symphony; exposition; development; recapitulation

Chapter.  3122 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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