The Poets' Jesus : Representations at the End of a Millennium
Poets have always been the medium through which a culture talks of, and to, its gods. Now, in this learned but lively commentary, Peggy Rosenthal shows us the astonishing range of poetic encounters with Jesus. With a special emphasis on twentieth-century poetry, Rosenthal draws from an unprecedented range of world poetry--from Africa, the Arab world, and the Far East to Latin America and the West--to give readers an understanding of how different times and different cultures have affected the way poets refigure Jesus and of how poets' fascination with the man from Nazareth transcends all barriers. She also demonstrates that, despite the twentieth century's self-definition as a secular and post-Christian epoch, it has produced poetry about Jesus of truly surprising quality and variety. Impeccably researched and extremely accessible, The Poets Jesus will strongly appeal to scholars of poetry and religion as well as for all general readers of poetry.
- Electronic book text | 204 pages
- 01 Dec 2002
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
"Explores how different cultural contexts have influenced the way poets represent Jesus....There is a fascinating chapter on Arabic poetry, T.S. Eliot, cruelty, and waste and another on Samuel Beckett leading back to W.H. Auden....Will interest scholars of poetry and religion as well as general readers of poetry."--Library Journal"The Poets' Jesus is an absorbing book, a passionate and timely survey of the way modern poets have 'configured' the protagonist of the Christian story. With seemingly effortless grace, Peggy Rosenthal covers an astonishing amount of poetic territory--both spiritual and geographical. From European and American poets to the less well-known writers of Africa and the Middle East, from a Jesus who is depicted as frail or absent to a resurgent Jesus who in recent decades is mysteriously present, Rosenthal is there to enlarge the range and depth of our understanding. With her profound sensitivity for things spiritual and literary, Rosenthal is the perfect gu