John O'Meara

Shakespearean, neo-Romantic critic

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In the same year John O’Meara put out On Nature and the Goddess, the greater part of his work on Shakespeare, exclusive of Otherworldly Hamlet and Othello’s Sacrifice, was also collected under the title Shakespeare, the Goddess, and Modernity. Parts of Myth, Depravity, Impasse were incorporated into this volume also, as well as an edited version of a short essay on Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Plays that had also appeared in 2007 under the title The New School of the Imagination: Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Plays in Literary Tradition. The issue of the modern “impasse” is again raised in this essay—Steiner’s Plays, as a fulfilment of Romantic tradition, offering a form of panacea for the imaginative limitations and deficiencies of our era. In this essay, as well as in Prospero’s Powers, O’Meara brings forward the Anthroposophical approach to the Goddess, who transforms here into the Sophia. He is able on this basis to critique the views of Graves and Hughes, whom he otherwise admires for their courage and commitment, from a still deeper perspective than in Myth, Depravity, Impasse. S.T. Coleridge’s own association with the Goddess is also critiqued from this deeper point of view.