On the Shore of Nothingness: Space, Rhythm, and Semantic Structure in Religious Poetry and Its Mystic-secular Counterpart : a Study in Cognitive Poetics
This book does not study religious ideas for their own sake, but how religious ideas are turned into verbal imitations of religious experience by poetic structure. Even such words as ‘ecstasy’ or ‘mysticism’ denote clear-cut concepts. The book investigates how such a conceptual language can convey such non-conceptual experiences as meditation, ecstasy or mystic insights. Briefly, it explores how the poet, by using words, can express the ‘ineffable’. It submits to close reading English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Armenian and Hebrew texts, from the Bible, through medieval, renaissance, metaphysical, and baroque poetry, to (secular) romantic and symbolistic poetry.
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Means Effects and Assumptions
Poem Prayer and Meditation
The Ultimate Limit Appresentation and Transcendence
Composition of Place Experiential Set and the Meditative Poem
Mystic Poetry Metaphysical Baroque and Romantic
The Sublime and the Absolute Limit
Visual and Auditory Ingenuities in Mystic Poetry
Oceanic Dedifferentiation Thing Destruction and Mystic Poetry
The Infernal and the Hybrid Bosch and Dante
Let There be Light and the Emanation of Light The Act of Creation in Ibn Gabirol and Milton
A Cognitive Analysis of Religious Imagery in Poetry
The Asymmetry of Sacred Sexual and Filial Love in Figurative Language
Rhythmic Structure and Religious Poetry The Numinous the Infernal and Agnus Dei
abstract Andreas Gryphius aspects Auschwitz Baroque boundaries chapter cognitive Cognitive Poetics composition of place conception concrete context contrast convergent devices diffuse discussed Donne Donne's ecstatic effect Ehrenzweig elements emotional evoke excerpt fire focus function gestalt-free heaven Hebrew Herbert's human Ibn Gabirol's imagery instance intense kind language light Martz meaning meditation mental metaphor Metaphysical poetry metonymy metric Milton mystic experience mystic poetry nature Neo-Platonic nothingness noun numinous objects orientation Paradise Lost paradox passage pattern perceived perception phonetic phrase physical Platonic poem poet poetic potentials predicate present prosodic psychological quatrain quoted reader reality reference reinforced religious rhyme rhythm romantic romantic poetry Rudolf Otto semantic semiotic sense sestet sonnet spatial speech sounds stanza structure sublime suggests syllables syntactic tercet terza rima thing-free tion transcendence trochaic Tsur Tyger typically ultimate limit undifferentiated verb verbal verse visual shapes witty words world picture
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