Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry

by Toby Davidson


"A groundbreaking study which speaks to those engaged in literature, religious and cultural studies and, most directly, to those exploring the interface between poetry and the sacred ... A particularly pleasing feature of Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry is the attention given to women poets ... Davidson, in touching on some fifty Australian poets and a multitude of mystics, is discerning and generous in his interpretations and avoids the temptation of forcing his subjects to serve his own theories. His bibliography should prove invaluable to future researchers ... His book will encourage Australian and global recognition of mystical poetries and scholarship." - JASAL

“A study, at once comprehensive and finely discriminating, of ‘those intimations of the mystery of being which visit at moments the unguarded heart,’ sets Australian poetry in an entirely new light.” – David Malouf

"This book enriches our study of Australian poetry in three ways. Few Australian poetry scholars have examined their subject from a philosophical or theological theme and thus this book opens up a new avenue for discussion. It brings some poets to the forefront ... The third strong positive in this book is the inclusion of Indigenous mystical poets .... the poets are well represented by their poetry in this book, making it possible even for readers who are not deeply into the study of Australian poetry to appreciate it ... a fine contribution to the study of Australian poetry, one that throws a new light on the work of some of our most prominent poets." - Transnational Literature

"... a brilliant study..." - Robert Adamson


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