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Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology • Seminary
Columba Stewart, OSB
This paper presents poetry as a possible means of spiritual formation and transformation. Through the example of two poets, Seamus Heaney and Matsuo Basho, as well as two poetic devices, symbol and metaphor, poetry proves capable of radically engaging and converting both spiritual attention and action. In addition, the colloquial and connotative nature of poetic language renders poetry capable of expressing spiritual matters in a manner more quotidian and concrete. As a result, spiritual edification through poetry can offer a more affective and accessible alternative to the sometimes unaccommodating technical and abstract aspects of theological and philosophical prose.
Schlueter, Carl, "The Spiritual Potential of Poetry" (2006). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 25.
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