Saturday, February 10, 2007

Christian Poets

Out of curiosity I did a google search on Christian poets to see what I'd find. Besides a lot of people attempting to re-write the psalms I found a list that was quite interesting. It is a list of the faitfhul or formerly faithful rounding out with a lot of the major heavy hitters of poetic thought including Auden and Berryman. I wonder if people any of us realize how influential Christianity is whether we mean it to or not?

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posted by Out Of Jersey | 8:53 PM


Blogger jasdye said...

x. j. kennedy? really? did some of my poetry textbooks in college.

some of these names i recognize. books and culture mag ocassionally publishes Luci Shaw and Scott Cairns, for instance) and i was drawn to the familiarity of the name Karol Wojtyla (i didn't realize he'd done poetry).

good list. though i love me some old english catholic/puritan poets.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Dan Morehead said...

"But poets are not celibate divines:
Had Dante said so, who would read his lines?"

--W.H. Auden, from "The Truest Poetry is the Most Feigning"

2:29 AM  
Blogger RC said...

i was surprised to see my favorite poem for the Union Dead by Robert Lowell included...and my 2nd favorite poem Pied Beauty by George Manly Hopkins exluded.

--RC of

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

The list I think was more intended to be a listing of people influenced by christianity than necessarily ones who were still christians though there were many there that were. In many of the poems listed have at least some religious leanings to some degree.

9:16 AM  
Blogger jasdye said...

or rather, a listing of modernist and contemporary poets who are or were Christian.

2:50 PM  
Blogger jasdye said...

as in, hopkins, george herbert, milton, donne etc (not to mention, of course, dante) aren't listed b/c they're pre-Christian.

in fact, dickinson probably isn't listed in there b/c she's pre-modern too.

3:05 PM  

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