Bearing Witness: Christian Poetry in the 20th Century

Speaker(s): Alan Jacobs
Date: July 3-14, 2006
Length: 17:11:58
Product ID: RGDL3626S

Purchase Options:

MP3 Download - $64.99
MP3 CD - $84.99
CD - $109.99

Description

In the strict sense, of course,
We invent nothing, merely bearing witness
To what each morning brings again to light.
- Richard Wilbur

All of us who come from [my corner of Europe] appraise poetry slightly
differently from the majority of my audience, for we tend to view it as a
witness and participant in one of mankind's major transformations. I have
titled this book The Witness of Poetry not because we witness it, but
because it witnesses us.
- Czeslaw Milosz

What can the poet say - what value does poetry have - in the most terrible of all the centuries of humanity? In the midst of the worst (and sometimes the best) that human beings can do, the poet is there simply to bear witness: to history, to Creation, even to a seemingly hidden God. It is this witnessing, as performed by several major poets, that we will explore in this course; and in our writing we will consider the adequacy of their responses. Lectures include:

  • Introduction to Course
  • Eliot I
  • Eliot II
  • Eliot III
  • Introduction to Auden
  • Eliot IV
  • Eliot V
  • Auden I
  • Auden II
  • Auden III
  • Auden IV
  • Miloz I
  • Miloz II

See All Audio by Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. Jacobs is the author of a number of books, including A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love, A Visit to Vanity Fair and Other Moral Essays, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, and "The Book of Common Prayer": A Biography.

Related Audio

Details / Buy

The Theology of Paul

Speaker: Douglas Moo

Details / Buy

Sermons by Darrell Johnson Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey Through the Book of Revelation

Speaker: Darrell Johnson

Details / Buy

Interpreting the Book of the Twelve: A Fresh Reading of the Minor Prophets

Speaker: Chris Seitz

Details / Buy

Theology II

Speaker: Hans Boersma

Details / Buy

Ephesians in a Week

Speaker: Bruce Milne

Details / Buy

The Pastor & the Prophetic Ministry of Jesus

Speaker: Marva Dawn, Rikk Watts

Details / Buy

Heart Keeping: The Personalizing of the Christian Faith

Speaker: James Houston

Details / Buy

History of Christianity I: From the End of the New Testament Era to the Refomation

Speaker: John Toews

Details / Buy

Systematic Theology III: Christology and Soteriology

Speaker: Alister McGrath

Details / Buy

Ethics of Grace in a Broken World

Speaker: Benno Van Den Toren, Paul Helm … (see details for all)

Details / Buy

The Sacred Family in Secular Society

Speaker: Tony Campolo