© 1996

R.S. Thomas

Conceding an Absence Images of God Explored

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 1-10
  3. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 11-48
  4. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 49-88
  5. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 89-127
  6. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 128-156
  7. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 157-185
  8. Elaine Shepherd
    Pages 186-189
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 190-216

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R.S. Thomas's presentation of God has given rise to controversy and dissent. Exploring Thomas's techniques of creating his images of God, Elaine Shepherd addresses the problems surrounding the language of religion and of religious poetry. Refusing to limit herself to conventionally religious poems, and drawing on material from the earliest work to Counterpoint and beyond, she identifies the challenges with which Thomas confronts his readers. The sequence of close readings engages the reader in an exploration of language and image: from the image of woman as constructed by the Impressionist to the non-image of the mystical theologian.


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