Literature Wendell Berry Sabbaths

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Sabbaths

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Wendell Berry's most formal poetic work to date is a sequence of traditional and classic meditations, spanning the years 1979 to 1985. Written in the solitude of his hillside study over seven years of Sabbaths, these are poems of deep spirituality, meshing the metaphysical and the natural worlds.

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Another Sunday Morning Comes
Awaked From The Persistent Dream
The Bell Calls In The Town
A Child Unborn, The Coming Year
The Clearing Rests In Song And Shade
The Crop Must Drink, We Move The Pipe
The Dark Around Us Come
Dream Ended, I Went Out, Awake
The Eager Dog Lies Strange And Still
Enclosing The Field Within Bounds
Estranged By Distance, He Relearns
The Frog With Lichened Back And Golden Thigh
The Fume And Shock And Uproar
A Gracious Sabbath Stood Here While They Stood
Great Deathly Powers Have Passed
Hail To The Forest Born Again
Here Where The Dark-sourced Stream Brims Up
Here Where The World Is Being Made
How Long Does It Take To Make The Woods
How Many Have Relinguished
I Go Among Trees And Sit Still
'i Go From The Woods'
In A Crease Of The Hill
The Intellect So Ravenous To Know
Life Forgives Its Depredations
Not Again In This Flesh Will I See
Now Though The Season Warms
Our Household For The Time Made Right
Over The River In Loud Flood
The Pasture, Bleached And Cold Two Weeks Ago
Six Days Of Work Are Spent
Slowly, Slowly They Return
The Summer Ends, And It Is Time
Thrush Song, Stream Song, Holy Love
A Tired Man Leaves His Labor, Felt
To Long For What Can Be Fulfilled In Time
To Long For What Eternity Fulfills
To Sit And Look At Light-filled Leaves
We Have Walked So Many Times, My Boy
What Hard Travail God Does In Death
What If, In The High, Restful Santuary
What Stood Will Stand, Though All Be Fallen
Whatever Is Foreseen In Joy
Who Makes A Clearing Makes A Work Of Art
The Winter Wren Is Back, Quick
The Year Relents, And Free
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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Although these psalm-like verses were written on the Sabbath, they are also songs in praise of the six days of labor that precede it. A poet, novelist and essayist, Berry is first and foremost a small farmer who works his ancestral land in rural Kentucky. These poems reflect a utopian visionreminiscent of the religion of the Native American peoplethat relates human life to the cycles of the Earth. Organized by years rather than by specific titles, Berry's lyrical hymns follow the seasons of birth and death, growth and decay, over a seven-year period, from 1979 to 1986. According to this writer's system of values, death holds no real terror; instead, the danger that confronts humankind is our increasing alienation from the land. Berry is widely admired for his authenticity and his deep commitment to an ideal way of life. In effect, these verses, some of which borrow directly from the Bible, are meant to be read as prayers and meditations, both to instruct and to give sustenance to the weary: "Bewildered in our timely dwelling place,/ Where we arrive by work, we stay by grace."
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