Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Hardcover)

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By Jay Hopler (Editor), Kimberly Johnson (Editor)
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A diverse and imaginative selection of works from the long tradition of devotional poetry in English
Before the Door of God traces the development of devotional English-language poetry 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. There is a sense in these pages that the tradition of lyric poetry that developed was nearly inevitable, given the inherent concerns of the genre.Featuring the work of poets over a three-thousand-year period, Before the Door of God places the devotional lyric in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts. The volume traces the various influences on this tradition and identifies features that persist in devotional lyric poetry across centuries, cultures, and stylistic differences. To scholars, literary professionals, and general readers who find delight in fine poetry, this anthology offers much to contemplate and discuss.

About the Author

Jay Hopler is associate professor of English at the University of South Florida. Kimberly Johnson is professor of English at Brigham Young University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300175202
ISBN-10: 0300175205
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: November 26th, 2013
Pages: 425
Language: English