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Before the door of God : an anthology of devotional poetry

Author: Jay Hopler; Kimberly Johnson
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Before the Door of God traces the development of devotional poetry in the English-language tradition from its origins in ancient hymnody to its current twenty-first-century incarnations. The poems in this volume demonstrate not only that devotional poetry--poetry that speaks to the divine--remains in vigorous practice but also that the tradition reaches back to the very origins of poetry in English...To scholars,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Religious poetry
Prof's picks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Hopler; Kimberly Johnson
ISBN: 9780300175202 0300175205 9780300216752 0300216750
OCLC Number: 841212258
Language Note: While most of the poems and hymns are in modern or early modern English, the first two parts contain material in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Old English/Anglo-Saxon or Middle English with modern English translations accompanying.
Description: xxxi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The ancient origins of the devotional lyric --
Early Christian lyrics through the fifteenth century --
Psalm translations of the English Renaissance: the Bible as art --
The flourishing of the devotional lyric in the post-Reformation era --
The poetic sublime: the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries --
The devotional lyric in the modern era --
The twentieth-century devotional lyric after modernism --
The twenty-first-century devotional lyric.
Responsibility: edited by Jay Hopler & Kimberly Johnson.

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"Crucial ... spans the entirety of the English poetry canon ... It is difficult to imagine English poetry without the stunningly memorable devotional poetry included in this book ... Read more...

 
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