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Toward a Theopoetics of Poetry

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posted on 2020-05-01, 04:27 authored by Zackry Michael BodineZackry Michael Bodine

This paper presents Theopoetics, a theo-philosophical aesthetic movement that arose from the 1960’s Death of God theology, as a hermeneutical framework that accounts for both embodiment and the numinous in poetry. Through an examination of the life and poetic works of the disenfranchised religious poet, Thomas Merton, and a more religiously nebulous poet, Denise Levertov. This paper will present two different perspectives from these poets who encountered the need to qualify the numinous in their poetry and subverted that qualification through a theopoetic process.


Degree Type

  • Master of Arts


  • English

Campus location

  • Fort Wayne

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. George Kalamaras

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Sarah Sandman

Additional Committee Member 3

Professor Curtis Crisler