“Every work of a writer,” declares W. H. Auden, “should be a first step, but this will be a false step unless, whether or not he realizes it at the time, it is also a further step” (“Writing” [n. d.]).This work, in the spirit of this comment, keeps true to itself if, and only if, it looks behind itself to the works that precede it. Although Experience and Faith aims to be self-contained, with no prerequisite reading, it seeks to perpetuate “the fascination of what’s difficult” about the historical and critical interdisciplinary study with which I have long been associated (W B.Yeats, “The Fascination of What’s Difficult” ). My ongoing effort to compose a complex harmony of ideas culminates in the fascination of Emily Dickinson’s difficult poems.
KeywordsExperiential Vision Spiritual Experience Creative Tension American Religion Great Awakening
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