Title

The Brightest Hour: An Imaginal Investigation of Light

Date of Award

8-12-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Joseph Hutchison

Keywords

C.S. Lewis; Christian Poetics; imaginal; light; Luci Shaw; poetry; William Blake

Abstract

The creative portion of this capstone project, The Brightest Hour, is a collection of sixteen poems focused on the scientific, spiritual, and metaphoric attributes of light. The reflection portion defines the theoretical underpinnings of a Christian Poetics, the lens through which I view the poems and the poetic process that produced them, exploring the imaginal dimensions of both. Also discussed are the various themes realized through the idea of light, as well as the artistic influences of C.S. Lewis, William Blake, and Luci Shaw. While the poetry stands on its own as a piece of artistic expression and creation, the reflection reveals the importance of the poet utilizing imaginal inspiration and deciphering it with an intentional, intellectual process.

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