From Violence to Silence: The Rhetorical Means and Ends of Thomas Merton's Antipoetry

Bilbro, Jeffrey
November 2009
Merton Annual;Nov2009, Vol. 22, p120
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the shift of poet Thomas Merton to a form of anti-poetry with the aim of disrupting the language of the military-industrial complex. The shift was a way for Merton to allow him to speak for peace and human rights with integrity. Anti-poetry is a style of writing that is comparable to the writing degree zero approach of Roland Barthes. Other forms of rhetoric in which Merton developed his antipoetry are the sensational and violent language of war protestors and a symbolic and meaning-laden language by academics and politicians.


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