The Poets' Book of Psalms
Edited By: Laurance Wieder
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The Poets' Book of Psalms

Edited By: Laurance Wieder
Oxford University Press / 1999 / Paperback

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(PUBOxford University)Now in softcover! Twenty-five poets from the 16th to the 20th century, inspired by the Old Testament Psalms, are excerpted in this unusual collection. Here are Donne, Milton, Coleridge, Burns. . . . "Wieder has done us a favor by resurrecting the names and words of long-forgotten authors,"---Commonweal. 336 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0195130588
ISBN-13: 9780195130584

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Poetry has traditionally embodied religious imagination and reflected the deepest longings, joys, and tribulations of humanity. As the Bible's best-known poetry, the Psalms have been a rich source of inspiration for meditation, song, and recitation for thousands of years.
Uniting the lyrical songs of Israel with their literary legacy, The Poets' Book of Psalms comprises renditions of the Psalms by twenty-five renowned poets from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Poets include John Donne, Robert Burns, John Milton, Sir Philip Sidney, John Davies, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Sidney Herbert, David Rosenberg, and Laurance Wieder. The result--a complete and lyrical Psalter for the modern reader--supplies a living language alternative to existing prose translations and pious paraphrases.
The collection includes an introduction by the editor that describes the often surprising history and politics surrounding many of the poets lives and work. For easy cross-reference in meditation and prayer, the King James Version of the Psalms is also incorporated. Wieder separates The Poets' Book of Psalms into five parts in accordance with the Midrash tradition that also identifies the ten types of Psalms: glory, melody, Psalm, song, praise, prayer, blessing, thanksgiving, Hallelujah, and exultation. This Psalter can be read at random or in order without compromising the integrity and music of the poetry.
All 150 poetically interpreted Psalms speak to the three religious traditions that hold the Bible sacred--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--and provide endless enjoyment for lovers of poetry. Bringing together the brightest poetic musings, The Poets' Book of Psalms is a unique modern alternative to existing English versions of the Bible's Psalms.

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