ARTHUR C. MCGILL
Title: The Celebration of the Flesh: Poetry in Christian Life
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers February 2009
1606082981 / 9781606082980
Seller ID: 20090723159729
Christians turn to great poets not for any narrowly 'religious' perspective, but for the 'language of rhythm and metaphor...[which] celebrates the perceptual life of the flesh' affirmed by the testimony of Christ's life and death. These vivid essays by one of America's finest theologians focus on three poets--T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens--who voiced in unique ways the concrete experience of twentieth-century life. In The Wasteland, Eliot eschews the 'poetry of exaltation' popular in the nineteenth century, limiting himself to 'the music of actual city speech...[with] its sense of the inevitability of suffering.' Frost, whose 'country speech' is often mistaken for quaint pastoralism, 'stands still and waits for things to disclose themselves' with a restraint that does not intrude upon the object or situation of his poem. An exploration of Wallace's strange, 'artificial' verse reveals a world permeated by 'the fullness discovered in the engulfing moment.' The more we are tempted to escape into an abstract Christianity of theory and doctrine, the more we need poetry to reveal 'this concrete world [as] the region of His grace and victory.'