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Lands of Likeness

For a Poetics of Contemplation

Lands of Likeness

For a Poetics of Contemplation

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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226827582
Number of Pages: 432
Published: 06/10/2023
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
An original and profound exploration of contemplation from philosopher, theologian, and poet Kevin Hart.
 
In Lands of Likeness, Kevin Hart develops a new hermeneutics of contemplation through a meditation on Christian thought and secular philosophy. Drawing on Kant, Schopenhauer, Coleridge, and Husserl, Hart first charts the emergence of contemplation in and beyond the Romantic era. Next, Hart shows this hermeneutic at work in poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, and others. Delivered in its original form as the prestigious Gifford Lectures, Lands of Likeness is a revelatory meditation on contemplation for the modern world.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is the Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, theology, and criticism, including Morning Knowledge, Poetry and Revelation: For a Phenomenology of Religious Poetry and The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred, which was also published by the University of Chicago Press.

"Lands of Likeness is one of the deepest accounts of poetry's cognitive dimensions ever written. What Hart does in the book is explore models of poetic reflection that conform to the models of neither discursive philosophical argumentation nor full-fledged religious contemplation, yet inhabit a meditative domain that is both conceptual and spiritual. I know of no other book that explores this terrain as thoroughly as this one does." -- John Koethe, University of Wisconsin-Madison "In this learned and comprehensive book on the poetic legacy of contemplation, Hart guides us from the early church fathers to the Romantics, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and many major twentieth-century poets who looked on nature in light of its likeness to spirit. A distinguished poet himself, Hart has much to say to readers and writers of poetry. Indeed, this book will interest anyone who has felt the power of leaving some things unsaid as well as the elation of those 'hovering thoughts' that are the book's focus." -- Susan Stewart, Princeton University

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