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Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry [Hardcover]

By Robert Atwan (Editor), Peggy Rosenthal (Editor) & George Dardess (Editor)
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An extraordinary gathering of 280 poems from world literature which focus on the most significant events in the life of Jesus, "Divine Inspiration" offers a rich diversity of works by Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, John Donne, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, and others.

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The Bible is by far the leading source of inspiration for Western literature, and in particular, the life of Jesus has drawn the attention of artists and writers throughout the ages. Now, in a volume of astonishing range and originality, Robert Atwan, George Dardess, and Peggy Rosenthal present 280 remarkable poems from world literature focusing on Jesus's life and teaching.
Readers accustomed to the predictable inclusions of many anthologies will be surprised and delighted by the diversity of poets represented here, from Aquinas, Dante, de Guevara, Donne, and Sor Juana, to D.H. Lawrence, Gabriela Mistral, Wole Soyinka, Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Czeslaw Milosz, and Leopold Senghor. Perhaps no other thematically organized anthology could have brought together writers as different as Jorge Luis Borges, Thomas Merton, Alice Walker, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Jack Kerouac. Indeed, simply to turn the page in Divine Inspiration is an adventure in itself. And in terms of form, style, modulations of tone and perspective, the variety here is as unparalleled as it is unpredictable.
The editors of Divine Inspiration have done a masterful job of unifying this vast assortment of poems. Organized chronologically around the life of Jesus, the book is divided into nine sections--from Birth and Infancy, through Healings and Miracles, to the Resurrection-- and presents passages from the Gospels followed by the poems they inspired. This structure gives readers the dual pleasures of a strong narrative pull punctuated by moments of lyric intensity. Our familiarity with the life of Jesus is thus enlivened, deepened, and in some cases wholly transformed by the imaginative power of the poems. In the largest section of the book, on the Passion of Jesus, we find an array of poems by Anna Akhmatova, Antonio Machado, Thomas Hardy, Miguel de Unamuno, Charles Baudelaire, R.S. Thomas, Andrew Marvell, Frederico Garcia Lorca, and Denise Levertov, among others. To see the Passion of Jesus refracted through the lenses of such poets is to see it anew, or more vividly than before. And to encounter Chinese, Korean, Nigerian, Arab, Latin American, Scandinavian, Hungarian, and Greek poets alongside English, French, and German is a testimony both to the editors' devoted scholarship and to the power of Jesus's life to inspire great poetry across a spectrum of cultures and eras.
An invaluable sourcebook for students, scholars, and general readers alike, Divine Inspiration should prove equally satisfying to readers with a strong interest in religion and to all lovers of poetry.

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Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry by Robert Atwan, Peggy Rosenthal & George Dardess has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 12/02/1997
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/24/1997 page 66
  • Booklist - 01/01/1998 page 767
  • Library Journal - 12/01/1997 page 112
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 534

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   624
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.42" Height: 1.7"
Weight:   2.46 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 1997
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0195093518  
ISBN13  9780195093513  

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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 > Criticism & Theory > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Criticism & Theory
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Anthologies
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Inspirational & Religious
6Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > General
7Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity

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A Treasury of Contemporary Christian Poetry  Jun 9, 2000
This anthology has almost 300 poems about the life of Jesus. The variety of poets and poems is impressive. Because it is arranged chronologically, instead of by author, it is easy for the reader to find poems focusing on a specific part of Jesus' life. This gives the reader the opportunity to discover new works that can enrich their spiritual lives and their appreciation of world literature.

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