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Breaking the Silence

Poetry and the Kenotic Word

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Edited By Malgorzata Grzegorzewska, Jean Ward and Mark Burrows

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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Editors

Mark Burrows is a professor of historical theology at the University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany. His research interests focus on the mystical literature of the medieval Christian west, and the nature of theology as poetic discourse. He is currently Poetry Editor of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, and his poems and translations have appeared most recently in Poetry, 91st Meridian, Metamorphoses, Anglican Theological Review, and Eremos. In 2013, he published two books of poetry in translation: Rainer Maria Rilke, Prayers of a Young Poet and SAID, 99 psalms (both by Paraclete Press). He was recently writer-in-residence as poet and translator at the Santa Fe Art Institute under the auspices of a fellowship from the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation.

Malgorzata Grzegorzewska is a professor of English Literature at the Institute of English Studies of the University of Warsaw, Poland. She has published four monographs: one on the role of poetry in the early modern period, two on Shakespeare and one on English religious poetry in the early modern period (Trop innego głosu w angielskiej poezji religijnej epok dawnych, Kraków, 2011). Her interests include Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, metaphysical poetry, New Historicism, and the connections between literary studies, theology and philosophy. She is currently preparing a book in English on the poetry of George Herbert, set within these theological-philosophical frames and inspired by her research into the figure of prosopopeia in early modern poetry.

Jean Ward is a professor...

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