This book explores the much debated relation of language and bodily experience (i.e. the 'flesh'), considering in particular how poetry functions as revelatory discourse and thus relates to the formal horizon of theological inquiry. The central thematic focus is around a 'phenomenology of the flesh' as that which connects us with the world, being the site of perception and feeling, joy and suffering, and of life itself in all its vulnerability. The voices represented in this collection reflect interdisciplinary methods of interpretation and broadly ecumenical sensibilities, focusing attention on such matters as the revelatory nature of language in general and poetic language in particular, the function of poetry in society, the question of Incarnation and its relation to language and the poetic arts, the kenosis of the Word, and human embodiment in relation to the word 'enfleshed' in poetry.

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PART I Word made Word: poetry and the re-making of the world

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PART II Flesh made Word: poetry as the shaping of the self

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PART III Word made flesh: the poem as body enclosed in language

chapter 11|15 pages

Incarnations in the ear: on poetry and presence


chapter 12|15 pages

T. S. Eliot on metaphysical poetry and the case of Prufrock


chapter 14|15 pages

Divine eloquence: R. S. Thomas and the matter of Logos


chapter 15|19 pages

Incarnation and the feminine in David Jones’s In Parenthesis