The Touchstone of Protestant Poetics

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“The reasons for singling out David the Psalmist as the primary model for Christian poets no doubt include the very great spiritual significance and artistic worth ascribed to the Psalms in contemporary commentary, as well as their use for centuries in Christian liturgy. But in addition, the Psalms were seen to raise with special force and complexity the issues of poetic persona and artistic stance, so that David’s example provided the religious lyric poet with some basis for considering problems central to his conception of himself and his role” (Lewalski, Protestant Poetics, p. 232).

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