By Jeffrey Jay Niehaus
Surrounded me and observed me via and through
Although I had no inspiration tips on how to name
A energy that engulfed me totally
And grew to become my soul onto one other road.
—Book XVI, traces 700–704
Preludes is a soul’s trip from infancy to adulthood—from the Ohio Valley to south Florida, from grade college to varsity in New England and commute out of the country, and eventually to an information of its maker. the writer is unabashedly and occasionally nearly naively Romantic, and the poem indicates either adoration of nature and the final word failure of such an obsession. The poem’s many passages are home windows onto prior landscapes, and during them comes an confirmation of existence and the goodness of existence. finally, the writer encounters and is reworked through an influence past himself.
“Preludes is way greater than a traditional autobiography. The reader will locate right here in equivalent degree religious sensitivity, classical studying, and descriptive poetry of serious strength and precision, all within the carrier of a compelling own narrative. The evocations of the Florida of his youth—a paradise now all yet lost—are relatively relocating. I enthusiastically suggest Preludes.”
—Sean McDonough, Professor of latest testomony, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Jeffrey Jay Niehaus is Professor of previous testomony at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. he's the writer of God at Sinai (1995) and Ancient close to jap subject matters in Biblical Theology (2008), in addition to commentaries and articles.
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