The cry of Rachel rose as she wept for her children anticipating massacre in Bethlehem, ""refusing all consolation because...

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THE CRY OF RACHEL

The cry of Rachel rose as she wept for her children anticipating massacre in Bethlehem, ""refusing all consolation because they were no more."" This collection of elegies for children by Sister Mary Immaculate ""is intended as a solace and catharsis for the bereaved, and as an eschatological venture for all."" Since ""only beauty can fittingly commemorate those around whom heaven lies always,"" Sister Mary Immaculate has made her selections holding in mind ""valid aesthetic concept, appropriate form and evocative emotional power."" The poems move from the deep parental sense of loss through the lesser loss of friends and others, to reflections on burial and survival of the soul, into specifically religious themes in the final section. She reaches across twenty-six countries and twenty-six centuries for her contributors who include many great poets and writers of both East and West. It is a potent expression of a very particular grief and effective in literary terms as well.

Pub Date: Nov. 23, 1966

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1966