Poetry and Prayer Beyond Words

Graeme Watson
Originally published in The Way, 2007. Republished here by kind permission.

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…the particular gift of certain kinds of religious poetry is that they point the reader beyond words, images and metaphors towards an experience of the holy, of God, where all human language fails. This is especially true of the so-called English Metaphysical poets…

…we are drawn by the poet into that apophatic ‘space’ that takes us beyond all images, concepts and human formulations, even beyond the image of Lover and Beloved, towards nothing less than the beatific vision of God.

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