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Poetry and the Religious Imagination: The Power of the Word

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Poetry and the Religious Imagination. Heythrop College, University of London, UK.
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Poetry and Prayer: The Power of the Word II

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Power of the Word International Conference II. Poetry and Prayer: Continuities and Discontinuities. Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study – Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK.
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Poetic Revelations: Word made flesh made word

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Poetry: Word Made Flesh: Flesh Made Word. University of Gdańsk, Poland.
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Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation: Thresholds of Wonder

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Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation: Thresholds of Wonder. Pontifical University of St Anselm, Rome, Italy. See also here and here.

 


Other Publications

Breaking the Silence: Poetry and the Kenotic Word

Series: Transatlantic Studies in British and North American Culture
Malgorzata Grzegorzewska, Jean Ward, Mark Burrows (eds.)

This book of essays on poetic speech, viewed in a literary-critical, theological and philosophical light, explores the connections and disconnections between vulnerable human words, so often burdened with doubt and pain, and the ultimate kenosis of the divine Word on the Cross. An introductory discussion of language and prayer is followed by reflections linking poetry with religious experience and theology, especially apophatic, and questioning the ability of language to reach out beyond itself. The central section foregrounds the motif of the suffering flesh, while the final section, including essays on seventeenth-century English metaphysical poetry and several of the great poets of the twentieth century, is devoted to the sounds and rhythms which give a poem its own kind of body.

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Striking the Chords of Spirit and Flesh in Polish Poetry. A Serendipity

Jean Ward, Maria Fengler, Małgorzata Grzegorzewska (eds.)

This “serendipitous” collection of essays on Polish poetry from the Baroque period to the present day makes no claim to present a complete and panoramic overview; instead, the choice of poets is designed to facilitate an extended and open-ended meditation on the intertwining motifs of flesh and spirit in several centuries of poetry. Nevertheless, in ways that are sometimes surprising, the introduction and the arrangement of the essays permit a certain cultural-literary-historical narrative to emerge. Care has also been taken, where possible, to relate the poets discussed to the tradition of English-language poetry. The collection not only throws new light on some Polish poets whose work has already received attention in the English-speaking world, such as Czesław Miłosz and Tadeusz Różewicz, but also draws attention to others who deserve to be better known, including Wacław Potocki, Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, Bolesław Leśmian and Jerzy Liebert. The final essay in the collection, a case study by the outstanding translator Bill Johnston of translation problems in relation to the contemporary poet Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dyck, leads into the short anthology which concludes the book. Here, the poets discussed or mentioned in the essays are represented by one or two poems, in most cases in a previously unpublished translation.

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