Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry

Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry

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Australian poetry is popularly conceived as a tradition founded by the wry, secular and stoic strains of its late-nineteenth-century bush balladeers Adam Lindsay Gordon, Henry Lawson and a€˜Banjoa€™ Paterson, consolidated into a land-based a€˜vigoura€™ in publications such as the Bulletin. Yet this popular conception relies on not actually consulting the poetry itself, which for well over one hundred and fifty years has been cerebral, introspective, feminine and highly a€” even experimentally a€” religious. This book casts Australian poetry in a new light by showing how Australian Christian mystical poetics can be found in every era of Australian letters, how literary hostilities towards women poets, eroticism and contemplation served to stifle a critical appreciation of mystical poetics until recent decades, and how in the twentieth century one Australian Christian mystical poet began to influence another and share their appreciations of Dante, Donne, Traherne, Blake, Wordsworth, BrontAl, Rossetti, Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot and Lowell.Poems: The. Poetas. Searcher. Webb thus inherited the search, complete with thebrightest mother star as the first object of ... regaining lost voices, music, and poetry through revelation or epiphany; unification with oblivion as transcendence, disappearance, or holy transformation. ... in a€œCompliments of the Audience, a€ a€œTo A Poet, a€ and a€œPoem for Easter, a€ thepoet is isolated fromhis Romantic andatheistanbsp;...

Title:Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry
Author:Toby Davidson
Publisher:Cambria Press -


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