Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand- picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months — at 40% off List Price. Melville’s long poem Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land () was the last full-length book he published. Until the mid-twentieth century even the. Complete summary of Herman Melville’s Clarel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Clarel. A young intellectual fails to find spiritual.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Clarel by Herman Melville. Alma MacDougall Reising Editor. A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land was the last full-length book he published. But modern critics have found Clarel a much better poem than was ever realized. Paperbackpages. Published August 20th by Northwestern University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Clarelplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 04, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. An epic poem of ideas. So hard to follow that you melvilpe really feel like you’re going on a difficult journey, like the characters.

But as you keep going the ideas get more and more interesting, the people get more and more engaging, and you want to see more and more of the little wonderful and terrible moments that happen along the hermah.

Feb 11, Illiterate rated it really liked it. Bleak poetry and thought. The heart longs for faith the head rejects. The search for faith leads to loss of joy on earth. Oh, Melville, this is quite an arduous poem you’ve written here.

Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land by Herman Melville

Sure, there are excellent passages about faith, doubt, and the problem of evil, but the poesy isn’t much sometimes it’s outright bad and the story doesn’t exist. Basically, Melville invents a bunch of characters who embody different ideas and has them talk to each other. Don’t read this unless you’re a Melville scholar.

Europe was in a decade dim: Upon the future’s trembling rim The comet hovered. His a league Of frank debate and close intrigue: Plot, proselyte, appeal, denounce– Conspirator, pamphleteer, at once, And prophet. Wear and tear and jar He met with coffee and cigar: These kept awake the man and mood And dream.


That uncreated Good He sought, whose absence is the cause Of creeds and Atheists, mobs and laws. Precocities of heart outran The immaturities of brain.

Along with each superior mind The vain, foolhard, wo Europe was in a decade dim: Along with each superior mind The vain, foolhard, worthless, blind, With Judases, are nothing loath To clasp pledged hands and take the oath Of aim, the which, if just, demands Strong hearts, brows deep, and priestly hands.

Experience with her sharper touch Stung Mortmain: Why, if men clarep such, Dote I? Yea, also, whither will advance The Revolution sprung in France So many years ago? That current takes me. Come, thou who makest such hot haste To forge the future — weigh the past. Such frame he knew. And timed event Cogent a further question lent: Wouldst meddle with the state?

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Well, mount Thy guns; how many men dost count? Besides, there’s more than here belongs: Be many questionable wrongs: By clareo more questionable war, Prophet of cclarel, thou wouldst thou bar? The world’s not new, nor new thy plea. Tho’ even shouldst thou triumph, see, Prose overtakes the victor’s songs: Victorious right may need redress: No failure like a harsh success. Yea, ponder well the historic page: Of all who, fired with noble rage, Have warred for right without reprieve, How many spanned the wings immense Of Satan’s muster, or could cheat His cunning tactics of retreat And ambuscade?

The world is portioned out, believe: The good have but hermwn patch at best, The wise their corner; for the rest– Malice divides with ignorance. And what is stable? The flood ebbs out–the ebb Floods back; the incessant shuttle shifts And flies, and wears and tears the web. Turn, turn thee to the proof that sifts: What if the kings in Forty-eight Fled like the gods?

Behind all this still works some power Unknowable, thou’lt yet adore. That steers the world, not man. Hermxn drive; The crazy rafts with billows strive. Join that band That wash them with the desert sand For lack of water.

In the dust Of wisdom sit thee down, and rust. May 22, Eric Marcy rated it it was amazing. Some books are absolute beasts to get through, but incredibly worth it once the journey is over.


Clarel is wonderful because the intense clarep wrestling it prompts continues long after the powerful final lines echo away. Clarel is a painfully unwieldy long-form epic poem, the longest ever written by an American, if I’m not mistaken 18, lines!

It is both intensely cerebral and intensely visceral, enacting the constant journeying of human doubt in both belief and skepticism in the literal wandering of the pilgrims. The cast of characters is varied and defies standard tropes: Melville’s poetry is difficult to wrestle with, forcing the cparel to engage in the same retracing in the act of reading that the characters are doing both physically and spiritually, melvilke the insights and, more importantly, the necessary enacting of intellectual journeying the text requires of its reader makes it an immensely rewarding read, up there with Moby-Dick and Billy Budd as the famed American author’s greatest and most ambitious of texts.

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