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Reaney's 1957 essay implicitly rehearses the familiar story of an original mythic unity achieved by ancient First Nations' stories, followed by a fall into alienation and separation through much of Canada's intervening literature which is insufficiently mythopoeic, with glimpses of a paradisal unity regained in the poetry of his own era.
In this perceptive and complex study of Thomas Merton, Christopher Pramuk addresses two of the most important issues facing Merton scholars: Merton's inclusive approach to religion and to culture generally and his paradisal vision.
Having suffered such exile, he recovered from it, and taught a holistic therapy of contemplative living that can restore our paradisal consciousness, conscience, and practice.
Philippa echoes this paradisal vision at the end of the story.
But it is all worth it, Kaya Mawa is a paradisal place, a small boutique hotel, entirely moulded into its natural environment, the individual cottages constructed at the end of the turquoise water-licked beach, within the rocky outcrop on the edge of the island, using the rocks to shape them.
In "Sea Surface Full of Clouds" he explored how language and mind could project any mood or idea onto the changing colors of the sea (from a "paradisal" "calm" to "radiance," to crass "chop-house" stridings and "gongs," to a "polished" fluency full of "dank stratagem[s]," to a fluency more circuslike, filled with "conjuring" [82-85]).
(11) At this point, Euphemia's response supports Annette Kolodny's contention that women in the New World described the land in language "less Biblical and paradisal than ...
The Anglo-American reader summoned in the second-person address of "Kennst Du" may also hear in its rhythms (tetrameter couplets, with frequent opening trochees and anapests, as well as some stanzaic variation by Stedman) and its catalogs of paradisal flora and fauna those of Andrew Marvell's "Bermudas." Riding in their small "English boat," Marvell's explorers of "the remote Bermudas" raise their voices in gratitude to God that He lands us on a grassy Stage; Safe from the Storms, and Prelat's rage.
Her earliest title page, which was altered in 1604, introduces "Ane Godlie Dreame" (note the Scottish article) as being written in "Scottish Meter," octaves of "interlacing rhyme scheme" related to that appearing in Scottish sonnets or the "ballat royal." (9) Within the poem, the landscape on her voyage is disturbingly realistic--and Scottish--with "thornes and breares" (A4r) and "craigie Mountaines hie" and "uglie brayes of sand" (A4v); the paradisal is similarly recognizable with its castle on the hill (one need only think of Edinburgh and Sterling) (B1r).
The Phaeacians are richly endowed with cultural gifts, evident in the splendid architecture of Alcinous' palace, in its paradisal gardens, and in the remarkable fabrics produced by the Phaeacian women, but dancing and poetic song form their chief distinction.
But there is a price to pay for their worth: because of their concentrated richness and exclusiveness, paradisal places require constant protection and create feelings of guilt and fear of loss instead of the free, expansive feelings inspired by the spaciousness and openness of cosmic places.