Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, is a theologian, scholar and poet. His engagement with a long tradition of thinking informs his poetry, giving it a complex aura of feeling and reference. As well as offering his own honed versions of the work of Rainer Maria Rilke and a number of modern Welsh poets, he writes about the predicament of Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Simone Weil. He is a conservationist poet working the inherited soil to a fine tilth, showing how it is always capable of new growth and a further flowering. But in the first instance a poem is always a personal struggle with ...


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