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Divine Cartographies: God, History, and Poiesis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot

W. David Soud

Abstract

While many Anglophone poets in the years surrounding the Second World War addressed questions of religion and transcendence, W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot brought strong theological stances to bear on the same poetic project: how to map poetically the relation between the secular and the sacred, between history and eternity. For these poets, this was a question of theodicy, and of the role of the poet in public life, especially in times of crisis—issues closely tied to what critics have called late modernism. But it is also a question of the nature of the subject, and therefore of ... More

Keywords: Yeats, Eliot, Anathemata, Quartets, modernism, poetics, theology, late modernism, secular, sacred

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777779
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777779.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. David Soud, author
Instructor, University of Delaware