The New Oxford Book of Christian Verse
The New Oxford Book of Christian Verse   -     By: Donald Davie
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This anthology reflects the Christian faith as it has been professed and practised in all its varieties through the centuries. Most fully represented are those four writers whom Donald Davie considers the masters of the sacred poem in English--George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Christopher Smart, and William Cowper--but he also includes works by many other writers from all over the English-speaking world. In addition, there are many congregational hymns and anonymous pieces, exemplifying 'the plain style' of direct, unswerving English, which Christian poets have found most appropriate for speaking their faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.84 X 5.08 X .91 (inches)
ISBN: 0192804863
ISBN-13: 9780192804860

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Offering both familiar poems and some fascinating unfamiliar ones, this anthology contains over 250 poems that deal with Christianity. Ranging from the Anglo-Saxon masterpiece "The Dream of the Rood" to the works of modern poets such as T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Sir John Betjeman, and John Berryman. Davie has chosen works from around the world, including several women poets--such as the Elizabethan Countess of Pembroke and Emily Dickinson--as well as the four men whom he describes as "the masters of the sacred poem in English": George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Christopher Smart, and William Cowper. Stressing the importance of "the plain style" in Christian poetry throughout the ages, Davie also offers a large selection of congregational hymns.

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Donald Davie was a distinguished scholar, poet, and literary critic. He was the author of several books, including his Collected Poems, and editor of several anthologies.

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"Davie has ranged widely...including many [poems] by Americans, Scotsmen, and women."--John Updike, The New York Times Book Review
"Davie's anthology will be an active ingredient in the general literary culture for a long time to come."--The Christian Science Monitor

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