Explore the role of poetic expression within religious mystical traditions. Mystics claim that the experience of oneness with God or Ultimate Reality is unspeakable, and often wrote in poetic form to avoid the constraints of ordinary language. Poets to be studied are English mystics such as William Blake and Percey Shelley, as well as Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz and the Buddhist poets Dogen and Kukai. Also focus on the poetry of modern writer Mary Oliver. In addition to the study of poetry, students will analyze the function of mysticism in religious traditions.