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God and Elizabeth Bishop : Meditations on Religion and Poetry - C. Walker

God and Elizabeth Bishop

Meditations on Religion and Poetry

By: C. Walker

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Published: 1st July 2005
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In God and Elizabeth Bishop Cheryl Walker takes the bold step of looking at the work of Elizabeth Bishop as though it might have something fresh to say about religion and poetry. Going wholly against the tide of recent academic practice, especially as applied to Bishop, she delights in presenting herself as an engaged Christian who nevertheless believes that a skeptical modern poet might feed our spiritual hungers. This is a book that reminds us of the rich tradition of religious poetry written in English, at the same time taking delicious detours into realms of humour, social responsibility, and mysticism.

"By exploring with such lucidity and grace the 'undercurrent of religious musings in Bishop s professed skepticism,' Cheryl Walker has created an important new perspective on the life and art of Elizabeth Bishop. Walker s reading is in no sense dogmatic. Rather it is exploratory, and, in her own words 'playful' in its nuanced reading of Bishop s ambivalent relationship with God and the otherworldly. Walker discovers in Bishop 'a writer who ends up with the questions rather than the answers of a person with a religious temperament,' and her well informed and insightful reading of that writer suggests the possibility of a new and welcome mode of religious criticism for the twenty-first century." - Thomas Travisano, Hartwick College

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Time and Eternityp. 1
Beginningsp. 1
Elizabeth Bishop: An Unconventional Lifep. 3
The Fallp. 43
Ashes, Ashes...p. 43
The Fortunate Fallp. 45
The Prodigalp. 48
Roostersp. 54
New, Tender, and Quickp. 57
Love and Longingp. 61
Putting Love into Actionp. 61
The Filling Stationp. 66
Comic Reliefp. 69
Mysteries Are Not to Be Solvedp. 71
Infant Sightp. 75
Suffering Meaningp. 79
The Nature of Thingsp. 79
The Dark Night of the Soulp. 83
The End of the Roadp. 86
A Comic Interludep. 89
At the Fishhousesp. 91
Blessed Are the Poorp. 99
Unreasonable Charityp. 99
The Dignity of Afflictionp. 101
I-Thoup. 104
Critical Practicesp. 107
The Still, Small Voicep. 114
Wit's Wisdomp. 117
Assentp. 121
Jacob's Ladderp. 121
Nothing but Plentyp. 127
Dividing the Heartp. 128
Coming Togetherp. 131
Otherworldlinessp. 137
Good to Eat a Thousand Yearsp. 142
Works Citedp. 147
About the Authorp. 151
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9781403966315
ISBN-10: 1403966311
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1