This thesis explores the cross-cultural ecotheology of contemporary American poet Li-Young Lee by looking at the intersection of the human, the natural, and the sacred in his poetry. Close readings of Lee's poetic encounters with roses, persimmons, trees, wind, and light through the lens of Christianity and Daoism illustrate the way Lee is able to merge the Eastern concepts of interconnection and mutual harmony with Western ideas of sacredness and divinity. This discussion places Lee in direct conversation with modern and contemporary ecopoets who use the creative energy of language to express our moral and ethical responsibility to the world around us. Lee's poetry explores an innately sacred and transcendent relationship with the natural world that suggests that our understanding of our human identity is intricately tied to our respect and reverence for our natural environment.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dittmer, Sienna Miquel Palmer, "Cross-Cultural Ecotheology in the Poetry of Li-Young Lee" (2011). All Theses and Dissertations. 3027.
Li-Young Lee, ecopoetry, ecotheology, Christianity, Daoism, Daoist, nature, environment, metaphysics, roses, persimmons, trees, wind, light