The Religious Experience in R.A.K. Mason's Poetry
When I first read R.A.K. Mason's poems several years ago, I was inclined to see the Christ figure in them as essentially - or at least most frequently - a reflection of the author himself, in the role of a victim of his New Zealand society circa 1920-1930. I do not resign from this view now to the extent of seeing it seriously mistaken. But I have come to see that Mason's portrayal of Christ is not as simple as I once thought, and my present awareness that there is more to it also prompts me to consider the more general question of the religious experience within Mason's poems.
English poetry, New Zealand, Contemporary, Modern literature
Daalder, Joost 1996. The Religious Experience in R.A.K. Mason’s Poetry. In: And the Birds Began to Sing: Religion and Literature in Post-Colonial Cultures, ed. Jamie S. Scott. Cross/Cultures, 22, 91-101.