Item description for The Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a Millennium by Peggy Rosenthal...
Poets have always been the medium through which a culture talks of, and to, its gods. Now, in this learned but lively commentary, Peggy Rosenthal shows us the astonishing range of poetic encounters with Jesus. With a special emphasis on twentieth-century poetry, Rosenthal draws from an unprecedented range of world poetry--from Africa, the Arab world, and the Far East to Latin America and the West--to give readers an understanding of how different times and different cultures have affected the way poets refigure Jesus and of how poets' fascination with the man from Nazareth transcends all barriers. She also demonstrates that, despite the twentieth century's self-definition as a secular and post-Christian epoch, it has produced poetry about Jesus of truly surprising quality and variety. Impeccably researched and extremely accessible, The Poets Jesus will strongly appeal to scholars of poetry and religion as well as for all general readers of poetry.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.88" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Dec 20, 2001
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 019515164X ISBN13 9780195151640
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More About Peggy Rosenthal
Peggy Rosenthal has taught courses on poetry and spirituality at St. Bernards Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology and at Wheaton College. Her previous books include Words and Values and Divine Inspiration.
Peggy Rosenthal currently resides in Rochester, in the state of New York.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a Millennium?
Down on My Knees...Deflated Feb 5, 2002
I have a strong interest in meditative poetry and assumed that this book would provide some profound commentary to enlighten me further in my readings and re-readings. No such luck. I found the author to be arbitrary in her selections, one-dimensional in her interpretations, and--what makes both of those qualities even worse--she has the kind of nagging insistence of a know-it-all schoolmarm. Her directive tone is so domineering that she almost has to be insincere at the core. One does hope to open up to another reader's suggestions about a text, but this author has the effect of making me want to slam my doors and shutter my windows. (Perhaps her relentless misreading of Blake encouraged me to invoke those images. Actually, I just closed the book!) I suppose I more than most don't like being preached at, but even so, most readers would agree, I think, that Rosenthal's sermonizing is a ministry to avoid.
Quack, quack!! Sep 24, 2001
Something smells fishy here. I too read this featherweight bit of quasi-scholarship and can hear the author in my mind's ear, only what I hear is alternately shrill and smarmy. There is a self-satisfied and sanctimonious tone to this text, and given its narrowness of content and limited insight, the tone is most peculiar. I originally picked up the book with the notion that it was a parody. (Stupid of me not to notice the publisher!) I can only say, I wish it had been a parody. But perhaps the good doctor's review of it is the parody I was looking for.
Peggy Rosenthal's "The Poets" Jesus" Oct 27, 2000
Peggy Rosenthal's "The Poets' Jesus" should be a Pulitzer nominee. This is an extraordinary work of scholarship by a gifted writer whose love of and joy in poetry is both cerebral and visceral. Rosenthal has read carefully,thoughtfully and sympathetically the poetry about Jesus from biblical times to the present, by poets from every continent, and shown how images of Jesus have changed with time and place, from prophet to divine to romantic hero to epitome of morality, and always an inspiration to poetic imagination. Rosenthal's prose is itself sheer poetry, carefully honed, full of imagery, punctuated with sly wit. This is not only an assessment, a penetrating analysis of the poetry, but a tapestry of brief biographies to fit each poet into her or his time, insights into those influences that framed the poets' views of Jesus. The jacket tells us that Rosenthal "offers courses and retreats on poetry and spitituality." I can visualize her and hear her in my mind as I read tthis book; every now and then she interpolates direct comments to the reader that make us feel we are sitting in on one of the retreats with a good-humored teacher who communicates to us her love of language, poetry, the miracle of the hum,an mind, and a saving spirituality. I have read passages again and again.,
A profound yet reader-friendly book Apr 15, 2000
I've read the anthology that Rosenthal co-edited ("Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry") and given it often as a gift. So I was thrilled to see that she has written a follow-up book describing how poets have portrayed Jesus during the past two centuries. The book is rich in insights on poetry and poets, and also reveals much about the changing inter-relationships between Christian theology and Western culture during the past 200 years. And with all that, it is still an incredibly readable book.