Practical Gods by Carl DennisWinner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.Practical Gods is the eighth collection by Carl Dennis, a critically acclaimed poet and recent winner of one of the most prestigious poetry awards, the Ruth Lilly Prize. Carl Dennis has won acclaim for wise, original, and often deeply moving poems that ease the reader out of accustomed modes of seeing and perceiving (The New York Times). Many of the poems in this new book involve an attempt to enter into dialogue with pagan and biblical perspectives, to throw light on ordinary experience through metaphor borrowed from religious myth and to translate religious myth into secular terms. While making no claims to put us in touch with some ultimate reality, these clear, precise, sensitive poems help us to pay homage to the everyday household gods that are easy to ignore, the gods that sustain life and make it rewarding.
GOD IS LOVE and He Loves You -- Rich Tidwell Sermon
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In high school, I had an English teacher who would often abandon the scheduled lecture and instead talk about the things that really mattered to us. Often times he would begin by relating some of the assigned readings to a problem that he knew the 18 year-old girls he taught would be able to relate to; this type of analysis allowed him to brilliantly connect our lives to that of Hamlet or Prufrock or Hester Prynne. This was without a doubt he best class I have ever taken. Not only was this teacher a conservative Catholic man in a liberal setting, but he taught us that the morals and pride in religion he possessed were nothing to be ashamed. He was famous for his lessons in both grammar and life, and I still keep many of these lessons with me today.
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But in this poem, which is addressed directly to the reader, these details are initially viewed in a negative context, since Dennis poses the idea that the reader could have had a better life by making different choices. This idea sets up a corresponding concept that the reader's faulty choices have made God sad because God loves the reader. And God, through the deity's omnipotence, is forced to see this best possible path that the reader could have taken and thus God mourns the loss of this better life for His creation. Through the paradoxical struggle between predetermination and free will, as well as the discussion of an omnipotent God, the poem ultimately explores the consequences of human actions and addresses the idea of accepting what is in one's life, not what could have been. A copy of the work can be found in Practical Gods , which was published by Penguin Books in
In The God Who Loves You, his strongest poem in this vein, Dennis avoids bathos by deftly changing the focus from our own anguish at missed opportunities to the grief of the god who loves. Poem Details by brandy wassam Categories: age, beauty, birthday, celebration, christian, mom, mother daughter, a mothers love on this special day I doest say that thy mother is of graceful sort it hath been said she is devine and I do holdeth this to be true now dearest mother may I be so bold to tell you the sun still shinest on one so old as true as this be you still grasp your faith. The ultimate collection of inspirational poems about Jesus Christ. If you have written your own poem about Jesus, submit it at the bottom of this page! God bless. O my dear heart, young Jesus sweet,. Let Us Take the Road.