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Laurence Coupe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071126

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071126.001.0001

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‘EcoZen’, or ‘a heaven in a wild flower’: from Gary Snyder to Nick Drake

‘EcoZen’, or ‘a heaven in a wild flower’: from Gary Snyder to Nick Drake

(p.164) 5 ‘EcoZen’, or ‘a heaven in a wild flower’: from Gary Snyder to Nick Drake
Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Laurence Coupe

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces Gary Snyder, who has had the reputation of being a serious, committed Buddhist. His poetry imparts religious knowledge and spiritual insight, and his dedication to Zen has gone hand in hand with ecological activism. The chapter reveals that Snyder demonstrated that spirituality may be complemented by political engagement, and also studies the dialectic between nature and vision.

Keywords:   Gary Snyder, Buddhist, religious knowledge, spiritual insight, Zen, ecological activism, political engagement, spirituality, vision, dialectic

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