Poet Hilary Davies on ‘Faith and Incarnation in the poetry of Henry Vaughan, Thomas Traherne, Christina Rosetti and Emily Dickinson’
The first in a series of talks presented by Hilary Davies.
These lectures will look at what four major religious poets, two from the 17th and two from the 19th, have to tell us about the relationship between God and the incarnate world, between man and his Maker, and the fulcrum of faith that connects the two. Is the world that we experience, in which we live, and love, and have our being, the affirmation of the presence of God? If so, what is the place in it of sin, suffering and death? Or should we rather strive towards a transcendent realm, one of ‘which we cannot speak’? What unites these chosen poets is the constant quest, through the poetic imagination, to explore ‘God in creation’, the God who is immanent in man’s affective, sensuous and spiritual surroundings, and to whom, man, in return, responds. Yet the roads they take to enter this realm are as individual as the poets and their language themselves.
There is a webpage with full details for each talk, and booking links can be found at the top of each page: