On the Shore of Nothingness: Space, Rhythm, and Semantic Structure in Religious Poetry and Its Mystic-secular Counterpart : a Study in Cognitive Poetics

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Imprint Academic, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 380 pages

This book studies how poetic structure transforms verbal imitations of religious experience into concepts. The book investigates how such a conceptual language can convey such non-conceptual experiences as meditation, ecstasy or mystic insights. Briefly, it explores how the poet, by using words, can express the 'ineffable'. It submits to close reading English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Armenian and Hebrew texts, from the Bible, through medieval, renaissance, metaphysical, and baroque poetry, to romantic and symbolistic poetry.

 

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Contents

Preface
7
Poem Prayer and Meditation nimivios oo
101
The Sublime and the Absolute Limit 141 6 The Sublime and the Absolute Limit
167
Let There be Light and the Emanation of Light
287
A Cognitive Analysis
317
The Asymmetry of Sacred Sexual and Filial Love
349
Index
369
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