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Acquainted with the Night: The Shadow of Death in Contemporary Poetry [Paperback]

By Jeffrey Johnson (Author)
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How do some of our best poets reflect death in their opaque art? What do their death poems tell us about our lives, about our faith and the objects of our faith and about the shape of our doubt? Acquainted with the Night is a study of death as it appears in the work of a handful of contemporary poets Geoffrey Hill, Scott Cairns, Mark Jarman, R. S. Thomas, and Wendell Berry. The primary focus throughout is directed to the appearance of death, and to the physical and metaphorical darkness often associated with the thought of death, in their poems. Jeffrey Johnson s commentary frames each poet s work within observations by literary artists and critics, theologians, cultural critics, and scholars of religion, providing a Christian appreciation of each poet s work within a context of tradition and circumstances. Readers equipped however lightly with the words of scripture and the mandates of faith may find in these poems terms of reference, rhythms, images, themes, and concerns that strike sympathetic chords and enrich the experience of faith and life."

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Studio: Cowley Publications
Pages   157
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 25, 2004
Publisher   Cowley Publications
Edition  New  
ISBN  1561012513  
ISBN13  9781561012510  

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More About Jeffrey Johnson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeffrey Johnson is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Wayland, Massachusetts. He studied at St. Olaf College, Yale Divinity School, and Boston University, and his poems and essays have appeared in The Christian Century, First Things, Christianity and Literature, Anglican Theological Review, Encounter, and The Mars Hill Review. Johnson is also the author of Acquainted with the Night: The Shadow of Death in Contemporary Poetry (Cowley, 2004).

Jeffrey Johnson was born in 1959.

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