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The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse : 110 Poets on the Divine

The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse : 110 Poets on the Divine

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by Akbar, Kaveh | Literature & literary studies
Published 25/05/2023 by Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 400 pages
196 x 130 x 26mm | 292g


'A profoundly valuable collection, full of fresh perspective, and opening doors into all kinds of material that has been routinely neglected or patronized' Rowan Williams, TLSThis rich and surprising anthology is a holistic, global survey of a lyric conversation about the divine, one which has been ongoing for millennia. Beginning with the earliest attributable author in all of human literature, the twenty-third century BCE Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna, and taking in a constellation of voices - from King David to Lao Tzu, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Malian Epic of Sundiata - this selection presents a number of canonical figures like Blake, Dickinson and Tagore, alongside lesser-anthologized, diverse poets going up to the present day. Together they show the breathtaking multiplicity of ways humanity has responded to the spiritual, across place and time.

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