‘EcoZen’, or ‘a heaven in a wild flower’: from Gary Snyder to Nick Drake

Laurence Coupe

in Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071126
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702079 | DOI:
‘EcoZen’, or ‘a heaven in a wild flower’: from Gary Snyder to Nick Drake

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This chapter introduces Gary Snyder, who has had the reputation of being a serious, committed Buddhist. His poetry imparts religious knowledge and spiritual insight, and his dedication to Zen has gone hand in hand with ecological activism. The chapter reveals that Snyder demonstrated that spirituality may be complemented by political engagement, and also studies the dialectic between nature and vision.

Keywords: Gary Snyder; Buddhist; religious knowledge; spiritual insight; Zen; ecological activism; political engagement; spirituality; vision; dialectic

Chapter.  18546 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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