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Clarel is an epic poem written by Herman Melville, which deals with subjects like religion, society, economy and the hollowness that existed within these and frames verses with integrity, impact, and intellect.
What makes this book stand out?
With 18,000 lines, Clarel is the most extended poem in American literature ever.
Read it for
To experience the best of Melville and the real power his metaphorical analogies hold.
Don't read it for
It got mixed reviews when it was first published – some hailed it as the exact poem the country needed, others dismissed it for being pretentious and confusing.