The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry

Edited by Stephen Miller
Copyright 1989
Checked out 5 times in 21 years
Last checked out less than a year ago

This would be a lovely volume for any library to have. It takes a broad view of poetry inspired by religious experience, offering a sampling from a few different religions and going back through the centuries to the Hindu Upanishads and forward to a poem by Robinson Jeffers. It includes poetry whose main value is religious and poetry that is also considered great art, such as that of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Rainer Maria Rilke. I’m especially happy to see this book on the shelves of the Albertville library since religious diversity is not a feature of our community. Hopefully this book will foster tolerance of other views in those who read it, as well as introducing people to great poetry celebrating Christian God. Though a slow starter circulation-wise, it has gained interest over the last decade, being checked out 4 times since 2000. Definitely a keeper.

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