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An Anthology of great Christian Poetry

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ISBN13: 9780898708462

ISBN10: 089870846X


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  • If there be more truth in poetry than in history, as Aristotle teaches, then we must attend to what the poets have to say. T.S. Eliot, a poet whose rhythms and sonorities of verse rise with seeming majestic ease high above the usual dreary cacophony of our world, described poetry with mock-magisterial accent, "a superior amusement". Eliots arresting formulation captures nicely the distinctive quality, the stylish cachet as it were, of his own remarkable verse.

    Regis Martin has selected the great Christian poems in this book primarily because they communicate that sense of "superior amusement" which poetry at its best is meant to impart. With poems from over 50 highly regarded poets like John Donne, William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Henry Newman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, G.K. Chesterton and T.S. Eliot, this volume includes a number of striking specimens that amount to a convincing cross-section of some of the best Christian devotional verse written during the past four centuries, poems which in fact please and delight.

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    'What a splendid book! Not just an anthology of glorious poetry, but a sequence of poems that has a thesis. And what a scope! This book is a treasure.'

    - Thomas Howard, Author, On Being Catholic



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