The book’s brief afterward begins by reaffirming how a religious orientation, especially one that is grounded in an established tradition and affirms an experiential sense of the sacred, exerts an unavoidable shaping force on a poet’s thought. It goes on to revisit the difficulties of incorporating this ‘transhuman dimension’ of a poet’s work into a rigorous critical conversation. After brief discussions of how far the theologies of Eliot and especially Yeats and Jones have impacted on their legacies, the afterword closes by suggesting how the sort of interdisciplinary research this book exemplifies might apply to contemporary poets, including Geoffrey Hill, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson, as well as some of their theologically minded predecessors, such as W. H. Auden, R. S. Thomas, and Robert Duncan.
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