Five Great Odes

Five Great Odes

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Overview

Paul Claudel's Five Great Odes constitutes one of the great twentieth-century achievements in lyric poetry. Equally earthy and prayerful, perennially and universally relevant in their ecological and sacramental vision, the Odes deserve to be celebrated alongside T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets and Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621385509
Publisher: Angelico Press
Publication date: 06/15/2020
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

PAUL CLAUDEL was born in 1868 in rural northeastern France. He absorbed the poetry of Walt Whitman and Arthur Rimbaud while in his teens, and experienced a religious epiphany at Notre Dame cathedral during Christmas 1886. Claudel was productive in many literary genres. Besides the Odes, his masterpieces include the dramas Le Partage de midi (The Break of Noon), L'Annonce faite à Marie (The Tidings Brought to Mary), and Le Soulier de satin (The Satin Slipper). The poet served throughout the world in the French diplomatic corps, and died in 1955.

JONATHAN GELTNER holds degrees in Classics and English from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Chicago, and an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. His writing has appeared in Inspired Journeys, Chicago Review, Jesus the Imagination, and Poetry; a novel is forthcoming from Slant. He is a fiction editor for Orison Books and teaches at Adrian College. Jonathan lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and two young sons. In his spare time he bikes, plays cello, and studies Hebrew and Celtic philology.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 1

First Ode: THE MUSES 21

Second Ode: THE SPIRIT AND THE WATER 37

Third Ode: MAGNIFICAT 55

Fourth Ode: THE MUSE WHO IS GRACE 73

Fifth Ode: THE CLOSED HOUSE 91

PROCESSIONAL TO GREET THE NEW CENTURY 109

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