BIBLICAL POETRY AS ETHICAL REFLECTION: AN X-RAY

AUTHOR: P. E. NMAH

FROM IN THE PERSPECTIVES OF LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF R.U. UZOEZIE

EDITED BY: NGOZI EZENWA-OHAETO and IFEYINWA J. OGBAZI

Some people may be amazed why certain books of the Bible are regarded as poetics, which denotes poetry. When one is filled with these wonders, the question that readily comes into mind is what is poetry? According to Douglas (1980), “poetry, especially in the form of song or hymn, occupies an importance place in Hebrew literature” (p. 1007). There are many definitions of poetry. but all of them point at man, his environment, his destiny, his ethics and nature. One might go as far as confronting one with this question, that does it mean that one’s activities center on poetry? This particular question is answered in Heidegger’s “Holderlin and the Essence of Poetry”, (Akwanya, 2005).

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