The Sun, Dancing by Charles Causley lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Kestrel Books, 1982, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Charles Causleys anthology The Sun, Dancing is a treasury of poems reflecting the Christian experience. In selecting poems written from basically a Christian standpoint, or embodying a Christian point of view, the editor (who himself taught in Church schools for over twenty-five years) has produced a wide-ranging collection of verse in a whole variety of forms and styles that wonderfully illuminate the mysteries of human existence. The medieval examples are intimate and cheerful parables of misdemeanour, repentance and forgiveness, while others reveal hidden aspects of everyday living or (particularly in the section Peace and War) shock the sensibilities like a shell-burst.
The range of religious verse produced over almost a thousand years and represented in this anthology tells us much about the subtly changing patterns of Christian beliefs and the varied interpretations of religious life and thought. There are over 150 poems by 100 poets ranging from Milton, Blake and Herbert via Hardy and Hopkins to T. S. Eliot, Roy Campbell, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, John Heath-Stubbs and D. J. Enright, among many others. Also included are translations from German, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese sources, as well as a series of vivid and moving extracts from William Langlands The Vision of Piers Plowman in versions specially prepared for this anthology by Ronald Tamplin.
Charles Keepings vigorous yet sensitive illustrations add a further dimension to this spirited selection, which takes its title from the ancient legend that on Easter Day the sun danced, and emphasizes the importance of what Herrick calls the dancing Easter Day in the Christian year.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the lightly edgeworn dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 248 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Poetry category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!