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Our Last Awakening: Poems in the Face of Death (2016)

Our Last Awakening: Poems in the Face of Death (2016)
It is frequently said that our culture is unwilling to talk about death, but actually poets ancient and modern, Christian and non-Christian, do probe aspects of our mortality in a great deal of depth and detail.
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ISBN/EAN: 9780281073542
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Publisher: SPCK
Author: Janet Morley
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Brilliantly perceptive introduction to each poem. Explores many of the different emotions that may arise in the face of death and our attempts to make meaning of it. Offers encouragement to Christians who feel guilty about being fearful of death. Includes humour as well as sadness, and hope as well as bitterness. Helpful at periods of personal crisis, though not solely addressed to these times. It is frequently said that our culture is unwilling to talk about death, but actually poets ancient and modern, Christian and non-Christian, do probe aspects of our mortality in a great deal of depth and detail. Rather than being morbid, it is realistic to face the fact that our time on earth is limited, and that we will all need to deal with bereavement. Most of us discover that we achieve an important new perspective on the whole of life when someone dies, and that accompanying the dying can be inspiring as well as exhausting. Our Last Awakening encourages us to retain this heightened awareness and insight, even when we find ourselves, once again, absorbed in the pressures of everyday life. John Donne's prayer speaks of the hope and promise of a life with God that embraces us beyond death as well as during our time on earth. However, people of faith are not exempt from fears, fantasies and speculation, nor from the normal sequence of grief reactions that afflict bereaved human beings. Poetry, whether or not it is consciously religious, can help. In this selection of poems and thoughtful commentaries, Janet Morley offers an enriching approach to a subject we might prefer to avoid contemplating; our ordinary mortality. Here you will find the work of Dylan Thomas, Gillian Clarke, Philip Larkin, U. A. Fanthorpe, Seamus Heaney, Ann Griffiths, Jane Kenyon, Anne Stevenson, A. K. Ramanujan, Richard Baxter, George Herbert, Roger McGough and many more. Ranging in tone from joyful and ecstatic to gentle, ironic, despairing and even hilarious, these writers help us to look at death, accompany the dying, celebrate those who have died, and articulate our hope about what lies beyond. As a result, we have an opportunity to experience the whole range of human emotions about what it means to live, to love and to be loved.
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