Lyrical Meditations on Spirituality and Sexuality: Drawing a Poetic Line

Author: 
Gagiano, Annie
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
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Journal Title: 
Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Source: 
Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, Vol. 24, No. 2, October 2012, pp. 198-210
Abstract: 

This essay proposes a reconsideration of poetic representations of the sexual and spiritual dimensions of human experience, arguing that, while generally less time-bound than works of fiction, lyrics both reflect and respond to attitudes concerning these aspects of our lives. The communicative and affective power of poetic texts makes exploration of a chronological selection of influential lyrics on these topics a worthwhile experience in itself, while serving to establish a brief poetic ‘history’ of sexuality and spirituality and their variously perceived interactions and intertwinements. The essay ranges historically and geographically from a medieval English setting to the contemporary and local context of South Africa. The “line” that is mentioned in the title refers to a constructed sequence in which some ways of imagining the spiritual and the sexual recur to indicate the enduring fascination and occasional perplexity aroused in major poets by the co-existence of these features that play a crucial role in all human lives.

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CITATION: Gagiano, Annie. Lyrical Meditations on Spirituality and Sexuality: Drawing a Poetic Line . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, Vol. 24, No. 2, October 2012, pp. 198-210 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/lyrical-meditations-spirituality-and-sexuality-drawing-poetic-line-4

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