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Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible : Genesis to Malachi [Hardcover]

By Robert Atwan (Editor) & Laurance Wieder (Editor)
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The first collection of poems written in English and inspired by the Bible, Chapters Into Verse draws a unique map of the history of English poetry and surveys and defines the literary legacy of the Scriptures from the 14th century to the present. Each volume is arranged in scriptural order and each poem is preceded by the passage that inspired it. Volume 1 covers the Books of Genesis to Malachi.

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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.
In Volume I, which covers Genesis to Malachi, almost every book of the Old Testament is represented. The collection features verses both famous and unfamiliar, from Milton's Paradise Lost and Lord Byron's Hebrew Melodies to Christopher Smart's hymns and Mary Herbert's psalms. The editors have included poems by virtually all the prominent religious poets--among them, John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Edward Taylor, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Included, too, are devotional and visionary works from a wide range of vintage poets--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 Marianne Moore, Delmore Schwartz, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Countee Cullen, e.e. cummings, William Butler Yeats, Robert Lowell, Hugh McDiarmid, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Charles Reznikoff, A.D. Hope, Geoffrey Hill, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, John Ashbery, and Derek Walcott.
Of enduring interest to readers of both scripture and literature, this anthology illuminates key passages of the Old 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 Into Verse 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 : Genesis to Malachi by Robert Atwan & Laurance Wieder has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/19/1993
  • Booklist - 05/01/1993 page 1565
  • Booklist - 03/15/1999 page 1275
  • Library Journal - 04/01/1993

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   512
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.94" Height: 1.48"
Weight:   1.71 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 6, 1993
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0195069137  
ISBN13  9780195069136  

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Robert Atwan is founder and series editor of The Best American Essays and co-editor of Divine Inspiration (OUP 1998) Laurance Wieder is a poet and the editor of The Poets' Book of Psalms (OUP 1999).

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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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Anthologies
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Inspirational & Religious
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > British & Irish
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity

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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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