In preparation for Christ’s Second Coming, nineteenth-century Mormons worked tirelessly to build Zion, a holy city where they could weather the latter-days and plan for the Millennium. Among those who contributed their talents to Zion were poets who set their millennial longing in verse. Their body of work shows how early Mormons drew upon the Bible, new Mormon doctrines, and existing poetic forms to create a literary complement to the developing Mormon eschatology. It also shows how the Mormon concept of Zion evolved over time as historical circumstances necessitated doctrinal adaptations that affected the way Mormons envisioned their earthly haven.
MariniStephen A.BohlmanPhilip V.BlumhoferEdith L.ChowMaria M.“Hymnody and History: Early American Evangelical Hymns as Sacred Music.”Music in American Religious Experience2006Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press123154
RabkinEricSlusserGeorgeAlkonPaulGaillardRogerChatelainDanièle“The Utopian Paradox: On the Necessity of an Impossible Dream.”Transformations of Utopia: Changing Views of the Perfect Society1999New YorkAMS Press, Inc.305315
SnowEliza R.DerrJill MulvayDavidsonKaren Lynn“The Gathering of the Saints, and the Commencement of the City of Adam-Ondi-Ahman.”Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry2009Provo UTBrigham Young University Press7884