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Chapters into Verse: Volume One: Genesis to Malachi
Robert Atwan
Oxford University Press
UK Publication Date

From John Milton to D. H. Lawrence, poets have found creative inspiration in the Bible. This unique two-volume collection encompasses work of a variety of tones - devotional and meditative, sardonic or political - and includes re-enactments of key episodes, lyrical descants on familiar passages, peronal expressions of faith, and veiled social commentaries.
Roughly dividing the material between Old and the New Testaments, each volume presents the original biblical passage along with the poem to provide a fascinating new perspective on familiar works of literature. Innovative and comprehensive, Chapters into Verse includes work by Donne, Blake, Keats, Byron, Hopkins, Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Hardy, Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, and many many more.

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Astonishing that no one has come up with the idea before! The result is a two-volume work that elucidates and sometimes contradicts the writings that form the basis of Judeo-Christian belief. To read these Scripture passages and the poems that follow them is to take an unusual, reflective journey through the Bible and through the history of English poetry. Highly recommended for all libraries.'Judy Clarence, Cal. State Univ. Lib., Hayward

'a brave and commendable venture by these two American anthologists to gather a formidable array of verse which in their phrase directly "responds to" scripture and to place it alongside the appropriate biblical passages'Arthur Pollard, Church Times

'The editor's range has been extremely wide ... I cannot imagine the work as a whole being better done.'Peter Levi, Catholic Herald

A wealth of literature and poetry is collected by Robert Atwan in these volumes which will last the reader for many years. In common with all anthologies there is a great deal which can be found in other collections. It follows a great tradition of such books and will prove to be a valuable devotional aid, much appreciated by those with wider poetic appreciation.'John Dale, Methodist Recorder

'Every now and again an anthology appears which manages to open one's eyes to a new aspect of literature. This two-volume collection is one such, a thick, rich anthology of poetry inspired by the Bible. Imagine the difference if you gave this to your vicar. As he prepared the week's sermon, besides looking up the Hebrew or Greek meaning, he could also choose a relevant piece of poetry. Even if the sermon was rubbish, the congregation would get a bit of decentverse.'The Sign, February 1994

'Now that so many readers come to literature entirely ignorant of its Christian heritage, this collection fills an unfortunately necessary gap.'English Studies, Volume 75, Number 6, November 1994

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