Poetry and Transformation
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Murphy, P. “Poetry and Transformation”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 24, no. 3-4, Dec. 2014, pp. 7-35, doi:10.31581/jbs-24.3-4.2(2014).


This narrative, based on the life experience of the author, focuses on how his evolving attraction to and love of poetry ultimately transformed his life. Blended with this revealing personal story is the author’s assessment of how the relationship of poetry and faith—especially as poetry relates to the revealed word—can have a dramatic effect on one’s struggle for personal transformation in the midst of troubling circumstances of crisis and turmoil. In addition, the author examines the manner in which exposure to this creative art can assist one in comprehending and applying the “Creative Word.”

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