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Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible Volume 2: Gospels to Revelation [Hardcover]

By Robert Atwan (Editor), Laurance Wieder (Editor) & Laurance Wieder (With)
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Item description for Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible Volume 2: Gospels to Revelation by Robert Atwan & Laurance Wieder...

Covering Gospels through Revelation, the second volume in this unique series includes the works of John Milton, Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, T.S. Eliot, and many other outstanding poets.

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For generations, poets have turned to the Bible for insight and inspiration. What did so many creative minds find in scripture? Is the Bible still a vital source of poetic inspirations?
Chapters Into Verse is the first comprehensive collection ever made of poems written in English inspired by the Bible. A groundbreaking anthology, it introduces readers to a distinct heritage of English poetry: the scriptural tradition. Though frequently ignored and sometimes suppressed, this tradition rivals the classical and is every bit as venerable.
Drawing a unique map of the history of English poetry, the two volumes of Chapters Into Verse survey and define the literary legacy of the Scriptures from the fourteenth century to the present. Each volume is arranged in scriptural order, and each poem is preceded by the biblical passage that inspired it. Thus readers can conveniently witness the various ways sacred text has sparked the imagination of poets throughout the ages.
Volume II follows the Gospels (harmonized) through Revelation. The collection features verses both famous and unfamiliar, from John Donne's meditative masterpieces to D.H. Lawrence's quirky expostulations. The editors have included poems by virtually all the prominent religious poets--among them, John Milton, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Edward Taylor, Christopher Smart, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Included, too, are devotional and visionary works from a wide range of vintage poets--Edmund Spenser, Alexander Pope, Robert Burns, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Tennyson, and Robert Browning.
Proving that the Bible is just as powerful a source of inspiration today as it was in the past, the collection assembles a mixed congregation of modern and contemporary poets, such as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Delmore Schwartz, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Countee Cullen, William Butler Yeats, John Berryman, Robert Graves, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Lee Murray, Amy Clampitt, and Richard Wilbur.
Of enduring interest to readers of both scripture and literature, this anthology illuminates key passages of the New Testament. The measured speech and inspired leaps of poetry offer a spirited alternative to the textual exegesis usually supplied by prose commentary. As such, Chapters IntoVerse is truly a poets' Bible. In selection after selection, readers will encounter an astonishing variety of religious experiences, as a host of poets from many eras and many backgrounds respond to Holy Scripture spiritually, profoundly, and imaginatively.

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Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible Volume 2: Gospels to Revelation by Robert Atwan & Laurance Wieder has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 03/15/1999 page 1275
  • Booklist - 05/01/1993 page 1565

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.89" Height: 1.45"
Weight:   1.53 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 6, 1993
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0195083059  
ISBN13  9780195083057  

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Robert Atwan is the founder and series editor of The Best American Essays and coeditor of the two-volume anthology Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible. His literary criticism and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Kenyon Review, The Denver Quarterly, and other publications.
George Dardess is English Department Chairman at Allendale Columbia School, where he teaches the Bible and world literature. He co-authored Every Cliche in the Book with Peggy Rosenthal.
Peggy Rosenthal has published articles on Walt Whitman, on women's writing, and on popular culture, and has written on religion for Christian Century, Commonweal, Cross Currents and America. Besides co-authoring Every Cliche in the Book, she is also the author of a study of language, Words and Values.

Robert Atwan currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Robert Atwan has an academic affiliation as follows - Seton Hall Seton Hall University Seton Hall Seton Hall University Seto.

Robert Atwan has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Best American
  2. Best American Essays
  3. Chapters Into Verse, Vols. 1 & 2

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One bad apple - a warning  Dec 6, 2002
My rating is based on the inclusion of a single poem, one that states that equates AIDS with sin, relying on the verse from Romans that states that the wages of sin is death. I was saddened but unfortunately not surprised to find such misguided sentiment included in an otherwise lovely anthology. I don't issue this review for any other purpose than to warn those who also find that sentiment hurtful. I have once again been reminded that a religion that professes to be based on God's love would choose to vilify that which is different or unfamiliar.

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in the heavens."

Inspiring poems for writers, religious or otherwise  Apr 4, 2000
This two-volume set is a wonderful introduction to both classic poetry and the stories and lyricism of the Bible. Each volume presents a collection of poems by well-known poets that were either drawn from Bible imagery or inspired by the stories of the Bible. The poetic intepretations of these well-known stories are so powerful that one feels carried back to Biblical times. An excellent and absorbing read.

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