The Secularization of Christian Imagery in Dylan Thomas's Poetry
Journal of Al-qadisiya in arts and educational sciense,
2008, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 3-9
AbstractThe present paper is concerned with a characteristic strategy in Dylan Thomas's Poetry, i.e., the secularization of Christian imagery through which he takes scriptural symbols and ceremonies out of their ecclesiastical context and applies them to profane human experiences and types. The Bible is the richest source of reference Thomas drew upon. This strategy is intended to perform a double duty in his poetry which is to withstand the crisis of belief in the twentieth century by bringing such divine elements into a humane level on the one hand , and endowing casual life aspects with a sacred hue on the other hand. A number of Thomas's poems are analyzed to shed light on this poetic practice and see what implications it has for the modern man.
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