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date: 13 October 2019

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Of all the books of the Bible, the Psalms form the largest concentration of poetry and have provided inspiration to poets who also want to speak with candor to and about God. The Psalms feature an extraordinarily wide range of emotions for addressing God, along with a treasury of literary images and metaphors. In this regard, the Psalms continue to inspire a perpetually “new song.” In the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, many vernacular translations of the Bible not only brought the Psalter into the language of the people but also gave it a prominent place in public worship. This article focuses on the Psalms as English poetry, focusing on the works of Christopher Smart, George Herbert, Gerald Manley Hopkins, John Berryman, and Anne Sexton.

Keywords: Psalms, poetry, Bible, Christopher Smart, George Herbert, Gerald Manley Hopkins, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, literary images, metaphors

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