The poetry of Kevin Hart: a new-old way of thinking and feeling God

Jean Ward

Abstract

The concept of human sexual love as an image of the love of God, derived from both Jewish and Christian allegorised interpretations of the Song of Songs, has been a significant aspect of the pre-modern Christian poetic tradition, also strongly associated with Counter-Reformation mysticism. But in contemporary poetry, such imagery has tended to be ignored or used only as an ironic resource. The poetry of Kevin Hart, celebrating both human erotic love and the intense divine love and longing that it images, thus stands out as a daring return to an intimate way of thinking and feeling God that might have seemed to be no longer available.
Author Jean Ward (FL/IEAS)
Jean Ward,,
- Institute of English and American Studies
Journal seriesLiterature and Theology, ISSN 0269-1205, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Vol33
No1
Pages90-106
Publication size in sheets1.00
Keywords in EnglishSong of Songs, Divine Love, Eros, Kevin Hart, Contemporary Poetry, Mystical Love
ASJC Classification1208 Literature and Literary Theory; 1212 Religious studies
DOIDOI:10.1093/litthe/fry038
URL https://doi.org/10.1093/litthe/fry038
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 10-07-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0.000; Scopus Citations = 0.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.428
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