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Published: 06 May 1993

512 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195069136

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Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible

Volume 1: Genesis to Malachi

Edited by Robert Atwan and Laurance Wieder

From the Middle Ages to the present, English and American poets have taken inspiration from the Holy Bible. Some have put the word of God into the language of the commoner; some have imaginatively expanded terse, familiar tales; others have recast songs and psalms into their own poetic faith, their religious skepticism, or political and social views. Chapters into Verse is a unique two-volume anthology of poetry inspired by the Bible. Here you will find virtually all the major religious poets, including John Donne, John Milton, George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Thomas Trahern, Francis Thompson, and Edward Taylor. In addition, the collection includes great works by such meditative or devotional poets as Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and Thomas Hardy. And bringing the biblical tradition up to contemporary times, the editors include the works of poets such as Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.S. Merwin, and John Ashbery. With accompanying annotations and biblical text to shed further light on the poems, Chapters in Verse is an elegant testimonial to the power of the Bible in literature.