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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54055
Doc. No:TL24009
Call number:‭3222218‬
Main Entry:Christine L. Redman-Waldeyer
Title & Author:The Poet's Easter: A healing of mind, body, and spiritChristine L. Redman-Waldeyer
College:Drew University
Date:2006
Degree:D.Litt.
student score:2006
Page No:179
Abstract:The Poet's Easter explores the healing power of literature with a focus on poetry. In a creative endeavor, the author organizes her work through a Christian lens. In five chapters: Lamentations, Aureole, Invocation, Evangel, and Agape, free style, haiku, and rhymed poetry act as antennas for dialogue in personal struggles and public concerns. Chapter one, Lamentations, is an expression of sorrows, grief, and disappointments. Chapter two, Aureole, expresses our light around the temple of person. Chapter three, Invocation, is a calling upon a higher power for help and protection. Chapter four, Evangel, carries the sound of good news. And finally, in chapter five, Agape can be seen as the communal meal, and the final expression of love. The author's introductory takes us through her personal trials from childhood to present day as testimony that writing has the power to heal. She leans on the idea of pilgrimage and investigates the power of miracle as a tool to grow past despair. She investigates the bible as artistic expression rather than literal and applies significantly the resurrection of Jesus in form to poetry. She introduces to us Francis Thompson, a poet most often linked to Christian teaching and how his life helped her to solidify the importance of writer and reader relationships. By also exploring the Wizard of Oz we learn that small deceptions are ruinous only if misunderstood. Moreover, she instructs the reader to understand the philosophy of dialectics; the rise of thesis, anthesis, and finally the synthesis which gateways to peace of mind. Through Socrates and Hegel we learn the fundamentals of debate within. This work also leans on Christian leaders such as Pope John Paul the II and Thomas Kempis and Eastern Islam poets such as Rumi and Sadi to facilitate the understanding of the soul's needs. With these influences, we can better understand the role of Caribbean poet, Lorna Goodison, a 1986 Commonwealth Poetry Prize winner for North and South America, and her voice on Jamaica's struggles in the 1970's. In an interview with Goodison, we are taught the importance of the "journey from bad to good."
Subject:Language, literature and linguistics; Fiction; Poet's Easter; Poetry; American literature; Literature; 0298:Literature; 0591:American literature
Added Entry:L. Winters
Added Entry:Drew University