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Toward a divinised poetics: God, self, and poeisis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot

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This thesis examines the traces of theological and broader religious discourses in selected works of three major twentieth-century poets. Each of the texts examined in this thesis encodes within its poetics a distinct, theologically derived conception of the ontological status of the self in relation to the Absolute. Yeats primarily envisions the relation as one of essential identity, Jones regards it as defined by alterity, and Eliot depicts it as dialectical and paradoxical.

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University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
St Catherine's College
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HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
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Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK

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