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Author Marno, David, author

Title Death be not proud : the art of holy attention / David Marno
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 315 pages)
Series Class 200, new studies in religion
Class 200, new studies in religion.
Contents The pistis of the poem -- The thanksgiving machine -- Distracted prayers -- Attention exercises -- Extentus -- Sarcasmos -- The spiritual body -- Coda
Summary The seventeenth-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche thought that philosophy could learn a valuable lesson from prayer, which teaches us how to attend, wait, and be open for what might happen next. Death Be Not Proud, the inaugural book in the Class 200 series, explores the precedents of Malebranche's advice by reading John Donne's poetic prayers in the context of what David Marno calls the "art of holy attention." If in Malebranche's view, attention is a hidden bond between religion and philosophy, devotional poetry is the area where this bond becomes visible. Marno shows that in works like "Death, be not proud," Donne's most triumphant poem about the resurrection, the goal is to allow the poem's speaker to experience a given doctrine as his own thought, as an idea occurring to him. But while the thought must feel like an unexpected event for the speaker, the poem itself is a careful preparation for it. And the key to this preparation is attention, the only state in which the speaker can perceive the doctrine as a cognitive gift
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Donne, John, 1572-1631. Holy sonnets.
Donne, John, 1572-1631. Holy sonnets. Death be not proud.
Attention -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Christian poetry, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Death in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022641602X (electronic bk.)
9780226416021 (electronic bk.)