Jay Hopler: Before the Door of God

Gerstler Jane Mead Mary Szybist and Melissa Range A lot of the traditional luminaries are here too like John Dunne TS Elliot Yeats etcI sound like I know what I m talking about but I m really new to poetry This has been a great introduction and if anyone would like a two year source for daily poetry I d recommend this oneI d also recommend Sarah Arthur s three volumes of collected poetry and readings from many sources tied to the liturgical calendar At the Still Point Light upon Light and Between Midnight and Dawn I did a review of the third volume which you can find here. Ric 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.

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Oh my I love me some medieval devotional lyrics Sooooo goodAlso an awesome companion to Poems of Devotion An Anthology of Recent Poets which is 20th and 21st century focused Disclosure my poems are that bookAnyway this is a fantastic collection too and the translations included are artfully done and easy on the ear I discovered Kimberly Johnson and her poetry at the Festival of Faith Writing in 2014 She s got an intimidating vocabulary but a wonderful sense of energy and a feel for the transcendence possible in the natural world Her collection a metaphorical god is a gre. 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 divi.

At Lenten companion Plus you ll learn a lot of new horticultural and meteorological termsAll that to say she was pushing a new anthology of devotional poetry at the event that I picked up and have been using ust about daily ever since The collection stretches back to the beginnings of writing and goes right into the 21st century It s mostly Christian poetry but with plenty of room for skeptics and wonderers A poem a day has kept a part of me aliveThe companions in this book are great I particularly liked Robert Herrick George Herbert Thomas Traherne Christina Rosetti Amy. Ne 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 ly.

Jay Hopler is associate professor of English at the University of South Florida