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Title: Buzzing Up towards the Choirs
Subtitle: The Theme of Gotes Geswîgen in C.O. Jellema's Poem 'De Tombe van Meister Eckhart'
Author(s): VAN DER POL, Louisa
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 28    Date: 2018   
Pages: 169-187
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.28.0.3285330

Abstract :
The Dutch poet C.O. Jellema translated six treatises and thirty-six sermons of Meister Eckhart. The title of his translation – Over God wil ik zwijgen (Of God I will not speak) – is often explained, at least in the Netherlands, as a restraint upon any speaking of God, because whatever we may say and in whatever way we may say it, these are but human fabrications. By studying Jellema’s poetry, in which Eckhartian themes are interwoven, it will be clear that as much for Eckhart as for Jellema ‘not-speaking of God’ is an act of praising Him in full surrender. Especially I will demonstrate this by considering the posthumously published poem ‘De tombe van Meister Eckhart’ (‘The Tomb of Meister Eckhart’) which, within its intertextuality, includes Eckhart’s treatise Parisian Questions I.

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