Soul Is Here For It's Own Joy by Robert BlySoul Is Here For It's Own Joy by Robert Bly

Soul Is Here For It's Own Joy

byRobert Bly

Paperback | July 9, 1999

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Robert Bly's ground-breaking anthology of spiritual poems, the result of over a decade of personal research, celebrates the ongoing role of the divine in literature. For as long as people have lived together in communities and built enduring cultures, they have sung and written about their relationship with the God or gods they believed in. In the words of the Irish writer Sean O'Faolain, "all good writing in the end is the writer's argument with God."

The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy gathers poems from a wide range of cultures and traditions and divides them into ten parts, each forming a resonant exploration of a specific and timeless spiritual question. Selections include the work of Dante, Dogen, Goethe, Hafez, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Kabir, Lalla, Li Po, Mirabai, Mary Oliver, Owl Woman, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Rumi, in addition to Blake, Dickinson, Donne, Hopkins, Stevens, Yeats, and other important English and American poets. Together these poems form both a celebration and a quest--a kind of pilgrim's progress that embraces all the rich wisdom of East and West, ancient and modern, male and female, spirit and flesh.

Robert Bly's recent books of poetry include two books of ghazals, My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy and The Night Abraham Called to the Stars. He has published his selected translations in The Winged Energy of Delight and has received many literary prizes, including the National Book Award. His prose works include The Sibling Soc...
Title:Soul Is Here For It's Own JoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.72 inPublished:July 9, 1999

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ISBN - 10:088001475X

ISBN - 13:9780880014755

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Bly's groundbreaking anthology of spiritual poems celebrates the timeless role of the divine in literature. Unique in its scope and true world vision, this collection represents poetry from a wide range of religious traditions, historical periods, and literary movements. Featured contributors include Wallace Stevens, Rabindranath Tagore, Owl Woman, St. John of the Cross, and Emily Dickinson