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R.S. Thomas: Conceding an Absence

 
 
 
 
R.S. Thomas: Conceding an Absence
Author: E. Shepherd
ISBN 13: 9780312160982
ISBN 10: 312160984
Edition: 1996
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 1996-10-11
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 216
List Price: $185.00
 
 

R. S. Thomas's presentation of God has given rise to controversy and dissent. In exploring Thomas's techniques of creating his image of God, Elaine Shepherd addresses the problems surrounding the language of religion and of religious poetry. After a consideration of the possibilities of both the positive and negative ways of imaging God and the problematics of religious poetry as a genre, a sequence of close readings engages the reader in an exploration of language and image. Each chapter focuses on a significant image, examining its construction and its potential to stand as an image for God, from the image of woman as constructed by the Impressionists to the non-image of the mystical theologian.

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Shepherd (English, U. of Wales-Cardiff) considers the possibilities of both the positive and negative ways of imaging God and the problematics of religious poetry as a genre in an exploration of language and image. Each chapter focuses on a significant image, examining its construction and its potential to stand as an image for God, from the image of woman as constructed by the Impressionists to the non-image of the mystical theologian. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.