Lamentations: An English Acrostic

For the latter half of last year, I have been working on this project and trying to complete the publication process. Alas, I haven’t attended much to the blog, since I found it difficult to multitask the two. This year, I hope to return to writing essays, and maybe sometimes posting poems, as consistently as possible. Thank you to all who may still be here reading.

Lamentations has certainly been exhilarating, yet also dark and foreboding to spend time with. There is something rawer and colder in its descriptions, prayers, and agonies than I expected. Nevertheless, I ultimately enjoyed myself, and, if you wish, I hope you will order the book and enjoy it as well!


P.S. You will to probably go to Amazon for yourself to purchase this. I cannot seem to get the appropriate link that isn’t going to the Kindle preview, which, as of posting this, isn’t available yet anyway. So sorry!

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2 thoughts on “Lamentations: An English Acrostic”

  1. Several sites have a “preview” of this but it is just the introduction.
    Perhaps you could post a few verses as a sample.

    • Certainly! I have to watch the copyright on the book with the publisher, but I’ll post a couple blocks from the First Lament and the Third Lament, and I will do so on just on this comment thread. Hopefully this gives an adequate preview, as it’s as much as I can share here. I’ll also note for the readers on the blog that the primary poetic technique in Lamentations is the use of an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet. This means that each stanza, or block, begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in ascending order, all 22 consonants. In this translation, I replicated that acrostic but with the English alphabet instead. There is more by way of explanation in the introduction of the book for the readers as well.
      Thanks for checking it out!

      Lamentations 1:3-4

      Cast into exile is Judah
      with her misery
      and the burden of her slavery.
      She settles among the foreigners
      but finds no rest –
      Her pursuers overtake her in her agony.

      Down the way to Zion
      none come to the festivals –
      her roads mourn their barrenness.
      All her gates are deserted;
      all her priests groan.
      Her young daughters are abused,
      and she herself worst of all.

      Lamentations 3:1-6

      Affliction I have seen
      by the road of his wrath,
      as he took me and drove me out
      into darkness without the light.
      Again to me he returns
      only to turn his hand against me.

      Broken my bones
      and gaunt my muscle and skin –
      Besieged and surrounded
      with bitterness and woe –
      Banished to dark places
      as the dead forever are.


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