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insight into a significant poet,
This review is from: Leaving The Reason Torn: Re-thinking Cross and Resurrection through R. S. Thomas (Paperback)
I found this book thought provoking and enlightening. Alison Goodlad discusses the meaning of poetry and how it may suggest imaginative approaches to such profound subjects as suffering and the cross and resurrection of Christ. These she probes sensitively and shows how RS Thomas interacted with his parishioners' pain and the Bible to produce poetry that often acts as a counter-testimony or protest like that of the Psalms and Job. I used to dismiss Thomas as a rather bitter, unpleasant person and I still find this in some of his poems but Goodlad's take on his life and work has shown how deeply empathetic he was with those in trouble and has given me a much more positive view of him.