Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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 Clarel: A poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land
(2,404 words)


Herman Melvill

Date: 1876

Original Language: English


At 499 pages originally spread over two volumes, Clarel is the longest American poem ever published. Its 150 cantos are of varying length, but are divided into four roughly equal parts titled after the poem’s four primary settings: Jerusalem, The Wilderness, Mar Saba and Bethlehem. Its 17,000 lines are written in iambic tetrameter, and rhyme is observed idiosyncratically but …

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Mabie, Joshua, “ Clarel: A poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>

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