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What are some popular religious poems?

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Popular poems with Christian themes include "Paradise Lost," "Paradise Regained" and "Divine Comedy." Some popular poems with Jewish themes are "A Poem without an End" and "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport." Some popular Islamic poems are those by Rumi.

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"Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained" are a series of epic poems written by John Milton in the late 1600s. "Paradise Lost" tells the story of the Biblical fall of man. The story of Satan's rebellion and banishment from heaven is also told. "Paradise Regained" recounts the temptation of Christ as described in the Gospel of Luke. "Divine Comedy" was written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300s; he finished it just before his death. The poem describes the protagonist's journey through the afterlife according to Catholic beliefs of the period.

"A Poem without an End" is by Yehuda Amichai and is an exploration of Jewish identity. "The Jewish Cemetery at

Newport" is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and describes the establishment of Jewish culture in the United States.

Rumi's poetry is almost entirely concerned with his faith, and he is posthumously one of the world's best-selling poets. Much of his poetry consists of meditations on the nature of life and does not specifically reference any Islamic theology, making it popular for a broad audience.

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