The Poet as Believer
Aidan Nichols OP
This is the first comprehensive study of the theological significance of Paul Claudel,
a poet frequently cited by literary-minded theologians in Europe and theologically-minded poets (such as von Balthasar,
de Lubac and Eliot). His writing combines cosmology and history, Bible and metaphysics, liturgy and the drama of
human personality. His work, which continues to arouse discussion in France, was acclaimed in his lifetime as the
'summa poetica' of a new Dante.
Aidan Nichols' study demonstrates how Claudel's oeuvre, which is not only poetry but theatre and prose including
biblical commentaries, constitutes a rich resource for constructive doctrine, liturgical preaching, and theological
reflection. As the comparable example of Geoffrey Hill, Professor of Poetry at Oxford suggests, Aidan Nichols illuminates
how Claudel's synthesis of many dimensions remains an important way of practising poetry in the Christian tradition
June 2011 978-1-4094-2685-1 Hardback £55.00 £44.00
About the Author: Aidan Nichols is an English Dominican who has taught
in various countries; John Paul II Memorial Lecturer in Roman Catholic Theology at the University of Oxford 2006-8;
author of some 40 books on different aspects of theology (including Redeeming Beauty: Soundings in Sacral Aesthetics,
Nichols is renowned for being a penetrating and incisive theologian. Here he employs his skills to give us access
to a remarkable and wide-ranging poetic mind. A richly rewarding book.'
Jeremy Begbie, Duke University, USA
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