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Such a fast God: R.S. Thomas’ Poetry and Faith

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The Wren Suite, St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Churchyard

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EC4M 8AD

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R.S. Thomas is one of the finest poets of the 20th century. His subject matter is the search for God, and his insights into the life of faith – from rebellion to reverence – are razor-sharp. Seamus Heaney described him as ‘a loner taking on the universe, a kind of Clint Eastwood of the spirit’.

Mark Oakley says his poetry has woven through his life and faith for over 30 years. He describes him as ‘a poet of counterpoint: of God’s absence and his presence, his silence and his resonance, his shadow and his brightness and says that his poetry makes a place where meaning is forged in mystery’. In this study afternoon he will introduce Thomas’ work and what it might teach us about the breadth and depth of God and our own search for him.

Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing its learning and visual art programmes. His latest book, The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry (Canterbury Press), was published in 2016 to great acclaim.

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