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|Title:||W. H. Auden's Horae Canonicae|
|Authors:||Loney, Douglas John|
|Keywords:||English;English Language and Literature;English Language and Literature|
|Abstract:||<p>This thesis is a close critical examination of W.H. Auden's most important poetic statement on the nature and function of Christian faith , the Horae Canonicae.</p> <p>The Introduction gives, in brief, the historical background of the Canonical Hours of Worship in the Roman and English Churches, and there is discussion of Aude's particular use of the tradition of the hours. The significant extant criticism of the Horae is surveyed. This study of Auden's poems is presented as being more detailed than any work of criticism presently available , and as a new examination of the Horae Canonicae in the light of the whole of the Auden canon, with particular attention to other of Auden's poetic works analogous in thought , manner and voice to the poetry of the Horae.</p> <p>The seven poems of the series are examined closely, one chapter of discussion being devoted to each. The argument is put forward that Auden's "hours" are not merely a cyclical devotion, but a progressive and didactic meditation on the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ in the life of each individual willing to accept its claims upon him.</p>|
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