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Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention

David Marno


The seventeenth-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche thought that philosophy could learn a valuable lesson from prayer, which teaches us how to attend, wait, and be open for what might happen next. Death Be Not Proud explores the precedents of Malebranche’s advice by reading John Donne’s poetic prayers in the context of what the author coins "the art of holy attention.” If, in Malebranche’s view, attention is a hidden bond between religion and philosophy, devotional poetry is the area where this bond becomes visible. The book shows that in works like “Death be not proud,” Donne’s mos ... More

Keywords: poetry, John Donne, prayer, Early Modern, English Renaissance, attention, distraction, spiritual exercise, devotion, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226415970
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226416021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Marno, author
University of California, Berkeley

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