Can Poetry Engender Faith?

Beresford, D. (2022) Can Poetry Engender Faith? Masters theses, University of Chichester.

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Poetry inspired by faith is woven into our literary heritage. But could the roles be reversed? This paper asks, ‘can poetry engender faith?’ It considers what historical evidence there is, and provides examples from writers and theologians who agree, both directly and indirectly, with the proposition. It draws upon the findings of a qualitative survey of ten persons who attended a Faith and Poetry course. The conclusion is that poetry can engender faith. This dissertation explains how, and also outlines the circumstances where this is most likely to happen. These findings have implications for teachers and religious leaders who are involved in conversations about the meaning and significance of faith in day to day life.

Publication Type: Theses (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Faith, Emotion, Ethics, Spirituality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1010 Poetry
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Student Research > Masters
Depositing User: Janet Carter
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2024 15:01
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 15:01

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