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One can’t quibble with the breadth and eclecticism of this volume, which anthologizes poets as different as Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot and Allen Ginsberg. In the book Bloom pushes the limits of what can be considered religious or spiritual, since he includes agnostic voices. Commendably, minority and anonymous voices are also included: whole sections are devoted to American Indian songs and chants as well as spirituals and anonymous hymns.

 

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