S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.29 (1993) (인문논총)
로고스와 인간의 언어 -Edward Tayylor의 Preparatory Meditation 연구
Between the Word of God and Human Language : Words and Poetry in Edward Trylor's Preparatory Meditations
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 인문과학연구소
- 인문논총, Vol.29, pp. 63-82
- Edward Taylor, a Puritan minister of the Colonial Period, was also a poet who experimented on the art of poetry in order to glorify the Word of God. Taylor's life-long quest for poetry resulted in a series of religious poems called the Preparatory Meditations(1682~1725), which not only reveals his endeavor to harmonize his religious belief with his poetic expectation, but also provides us a good chance to examine the tension between the poet's religious sense of the Word and his artistic sense of human language. Taylor's double concern about the Word and human language is so stubbornly sustained throughout the Preparatory Meditations that, at the first glance, it seems only to further the overall monotony of his poetry: thus, critics like William Scheick argue that "there is. . . no development, no divergence, no progress in the thought or artistry of his verse." Such an argument itself would admit of no dispute, if we attributed the overall stasis of the Preparatory Meditations, as Charles W. Mignon does, to the poet's suspension of belief between doubt and certitude." This, however, is not exactly true of the poet's stance over the issue of human language: the poet may be irresolute in fathoming the Word, but definitely reveals his changing views, as well as his inner conflict, about words.