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The Poetry of R. S. Thomas: What Resource?

  • A. E. Dyson

Abstract

It is this great absence

that is like a presence, that compels

me to address it without hope

of a reply. It is a room I enter

from which someone has just

gone, the vestibule for the arrival

of one who has not yet come.

I modernise the anachronism

of my language, but he is no more here

than before. Genes and molecules

have no more power to call

him up than the incense of the Hebrews

at their altars. My equations fail

as my words do. What resource have I

other than the emptiness without him of my whole

being, a vacuum he may not abhor?

(‘The Absence’)

Keywords

Christian Theology Optical Illusion Hill Farmer Short Poem Grand Inquisitor 
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© A. E. Dyson 1981

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