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Language in such poetry, as Tony Hoagland, coining the term "the poetry of rapture" in his astute remarks on Susan Mitchell's work, often borders on glossalalia, and one suspects the act of making such language--such sounds--is a form of self-intoxication.
Though one theme of the collection is the poverty of words to register emotional complexity, the poems delve deep into language in a quest for ultimate articulation, pushing the speech envelope towards incoherence and glossalalia.
argues for a phenomenological approach to religious experience in early Christianity to fill in these gaps, explains his "phenomenological approach," then provides three case studies to illustrate it: initiation, glossalalia, and shared meals.
This is necessary because the new criticism is not only an important historical phenomenon but also a force for sanity in a literary world bewitched by the glossalalia of critical theory and intimidated by the stridency of political correctness.
His elaborate glossalalia constitutes an updated, humanist-inspired version of Pathelin's famous delirium scene with the merchant.