Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems From Many Cultures

Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems From Many Cultures

by Robert Bly
     
 

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Robert Bly's new anthology celebrates the timeless role of the divine in literature, expressed by his choice of poetry from a wide range of religious traditions, historical periods, and literary movements. The poems in this collection confirm the enduring beauty and efficacy of the written word in its function as the medium for humanity's eternal debate with and for…  See more details below

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Robert Bly's new anthology celebrates the timeless role of the divine in literature, expressed by his choice of poetry from a wide range of religious traditions, historical periods, and literary movements. The poems in this collection confirm the enduring beauty and efficacy of the written word in its function as the medium for humanity's eternal debate with and for the spiritual world. The result of more than a decade of personal research, this important new spiritual resource will provide readers with material for years of thought and reflection. The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy is a unique collection that will speak to readers of poetry as well as anyone interested in the intersection of spirituality and literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880013550
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.12(d)

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Sunset

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,

leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs

leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.

Meet the Author

Robert Bly's books of poetry include The Night Abraham Called to the Stars and My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy. His awards include the National Book Award for poetry and two Guggenheims. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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