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Poetry and Grace: An Autoethnography which Explores Writing Poetry as Prayer in the Context of Ignatian Spirituality

Marburg, Marlene (2014) Poetry and Grace: An Autoethnography which Explores Writing Poetry as Prayer in the Context of Ignatian Spirituality. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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In this thesis, the process and product of writing poetry particularly in the context of the prayer of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, is explored using poetic autoethnography. While poetry is crafted, concentrated and poignant word-pictures, poetry writing is also found to be reflection, conversation, a prayerful personal Examen at the end of the day, a tool for discernment of spirits, a way of self-supervision, a vocation and a joyful gift.

The writer, as poet, spiritual director and exercitant, engages a poetic and intimate listening which opens expansive possibilities of growing in knowledge and love of God and in personal freedom. Writing poetry, praying and doing autoethnography are steps into liminality requiring a disposition of trust. Poetry is revealed as both content and container enabling trust to become loving action in union with God as Love.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Autoethnography; Poetry; Grace; Ignatian spirituality; Spiritual Exercises; Poetic autoethnography; Self-supervision; Prayer; Liminality
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: Sentir: Graduate School for Spiritual Formation
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 02:56
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 14:54
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1336

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