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Title: Spirituality as Poetry
Subtitle: On Richard Berengarten's Balkan Trilogy
Author(s): SNELLER, Rico
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 315-331
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286948

Abstract :
In this article the work of the contemporary Jewish-British poet Richard Berengarten (1943) is examined in light of its potential to re-articulate the question of suffering as a prospective experience of beauty. I try to interpret a decisive motif in Berengarten’s Balkan trilogy (the butterfly motif) through the backdrop of a possibly more ‘adequate’ account of Being, i.e., an account that attempts to do justice to an inner relation between Being and language. That which for convenience’s sake I propose to call a ‘linguistic ontology’ can already be found in the ancient mystical Sefer Yetsirah, which determined medieval Kabbalah. It re-appeared both in modern philosophy (from Hamann to Heidegger, Gadamer, Derrida) and in modern poetry (Mallarmé etc.) or literature (Joyce).

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