Friday, October 15, 2004

Bernard Shaw

All of this business about Eliot's conversion to Anglicanism made me think about Shaw. While Shaw never embraced a religion, that I know of, he did come around to his own sort of mysticism: the Life Force/Creative Evolution.

His take in Saint Joan on Joan of Arc deals with the Life Force, presenting Joan as kind of an embodiment of it.

Then again, I'm not sure how modernist Shaw considered himself or is considered to be, so his Life Force might not belong under the heading "Spirits of Modernity" (?).


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