This book shows that a major strand in the development of modern poetry in German and English can be seen as a protracted response to the religious crises of post-Idealist thought. It focuses on the hermeneutic dimension of Die Religion.
Introduction: Poetry, Idealism, Religion Part I 1. The Near and Distant God 2. The Crisis of Redemption Part II 3. Concealment and Revelation: Mörike and Hopkins 4. After Strange Gods: Rilke and Eliot 5. Conclusion: Real Presences