Faith and Doubt: An Anthology of Poems
A collection of poems that explores why we believe and why, sometimes, we don't
What do you believe in?
What makes you doubt?
These are questions that people have grappled with since the beginning of time. Acclaimed anthologist Patrice Vecchione sees this struggle between faith and doubt in many places--from religion, to politics and war, to love, to the act of writing itse...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Part of why I had a problem with this one was my own pre-conceived notion of what it should be--a set of poems for and against religious faith. I have never enjoyed a book, movie, comic, or anything after my idea of what it should be doesn't match up with what I get, even if the result is pretty good. It's why I try very hard not to expect anything before I read, view, or listen. It's not that I don't have general ideas, mind you--everyone does--but if I try to clear my mental palate of what I e...more
As someone who used to read and write a lot of poetry, I found this book to be beautifully written. This book is an anthology of poetry based on faith and doubt. Although it was an enjoyable read, I found myself wondering what several of the poems had to do with the subject at hand. Still, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys poetry, and finds inspiration within its verses.
A diverse collection of poems loosely organized around the theme of faith and doubt (not always religious faith and doubt), this volume features ancient, traditional, and modern poets from all over the world. The translations are particularly good, and include poets that aren't normally found in YA anthologies, like Yehuda Amichai, Roberto Juarroz, and Saadi Youssef.