'John Berryman's Last Prayers'

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This article argues that, in the last two poetry collections he either saw into print or had collected for publication before his death–Love & Fame (1970) and the posthumously published Delusions, etc. (1972)–Berryman’s search for resolution to questions of divine possibility and humanity’s relation to God reached a theological as well as a biographical peak. Moreover, it contends that one particular touchstone proved central to Berryman’s understanding and articulations of these complex issues: the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, especially his 1843 volume Fear and Trembling: A Dialectical Lyric.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLiterature and Theology
Publication statusPublished - 02 Mar 2020


  • John Berryman
  • Soren Kierkegaard
  • The Bible
  • Prayer
  • Belief
  • Theodicy

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