The Dead Bodies of Angels
Essay (Part 4, II) | The Lost Language of the Imagination
This essay series is an attempt to deepen my inquiry into the imagination within various worldviews and schools of thought. My exploration was propelled by my recent postgraduate studies in the Poetics of the Imagination with mythologist Martin Shaw and poet Alice Oswald, and I have since been writing this series.
The western world has lost its angels. Don’t get me wrong, they appear all over religious iconography in depictions of impossible innocence in immortalised gold leaf. But they have become enshrined. Confined. Untouchable and exiled from the places of worldly things. We have set them apart. And we are now so far away from them.