Theopoesis: the Contest of Priest and Poet


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Theopoesis: the Contest of Priest and Poet

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about theopoesis and the contest of priest and poet delivered by the author at the 2007 British Academy Special Lecture held at the British Academy. It discusses William Blake's thoughts about the identity of prophet and poet and explains his apodictic pronouncements contained in his All Religions are One. The lecture charts the complexity of the relation between poetry and both natural and revealed religion in the works of Joseph Addison, Blake, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Keywords: theopoesis; priest; poet; William Blake; Religions; Joseph Addison; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; British Academy

Chapter.  5122 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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