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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264355

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.001.0001

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Theopoesis: the Contest of Priest and Poet

Theopoesis: the Contest of Priest and Poet


(p.361) Theopoesis: the Contest of Priest and Poet
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures


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This lecture presents the text of the speech about theopoesis and the contest of priest and poet delivered by the author at the 2007 British Academy Special Lecture held at the British Academy. It discusses William Blake's thoughts about the identity of prophet and poet and explains his apodictic pronouncements contained in his All Religions are One. The lecture charts the complexity of the relation between poetry and both natural and revealed religion in the works of Joseph Addison, Blake, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Keywords:   theopoesis, priest, poet, William Blake, Religions, Joseph Addison, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British Academy

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