The Poetics of Psalm 122

In the generation or so since the foundational work of Robert Alter, Adele Berlin, and others, narrative and artistic literary analysis has come into its own as a profitable and popular field of study alongside more formal and genre approaches to reading psalms. In this paper, I integrate and synthesize the linguistic, discourse, formal, and poetic features of Psalm 122 to give a clear interpretation of the message and the art of one of the best-loved poems in the Psalter.