Friday, January 27, 2012

Theology on the Hill: Theology and Poetry with Dr. Seymour House

Tonight Dr. Seymour House, a Professor of Literature and Church History at Mount Angel Seminary, was the featured speaker for Theology on the Hill.  He spoke with off-hill guests, seminarians, and other faculty about theology and poetry.

Dr. House opened his talk with a brief discussion of the connections between theology and poetry.  Whether we are working with theology or poetry, he explained, language is inherently deficient for the experience we are describing.

Both theology and poetry, he continued, leave the reader or listener ignorant of the full truth of what is conveyed.  The full truth cannot be contained by the words.

Dr. Seymour House in his office at Mount Angel Seminary

For the rest of the talk, Dr. House shared and discussed with those gathered four poems: "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Traveling Through the Dark" by William Stafford, "Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop, and "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell.

The next Theology on the Hill will be Friday, April 20, 2012, in the Store at the Press.  Brother Jonah Wright, OSB, will discuss political theology.  All are welcome!

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