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Author Blair, Kirstie.
Title Form and faith in Victorian poetry and religion / Kirstie Blair.
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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 Floor4  PR595.R4 B57 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st ed.
Description vi, 258 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-252) and index.
Contents Tractarian poetry, poetics, and the forms of faith -- 'Structured shade': church architecture and poetry -- 'Familiar rhythms': poetry and the liturgy -- Dissenting forms: the Brownings -- 'Beyond the forms of faith?' Tennyson and the Broad Church -- Definite forms and Catholic poetics.
Summary "Kirstie Blair explores Victorian poetry in relation to Victorian religion, with particular emphasis on the bitter contemporary debates over the use of forms in worship. She argues that poetry made significant contributions to these debates, not least through its formal structures. By assessing the discourses of church architecture and liturgy in the first half of the book, Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion demonstrates that Victorian poets both reflected on and affected ecclesiastical practices. The second half of the book focuses on particular poets and poems, including Browning's Christmas-Eve and Tennyson's In Memoriam, to show how High Anglican debates over formal worship were dealt with by Dissenting, Broad Church and Roman Catholic poets and other writers. This book features major Victorian poets - Tennyson, the Brownings, Rossetti, Hopkins, Hardy - from different Christian denominations, but also argues that their work was influenced by a host of minor and less studied writers, particularly the Tractarian or Oxford Movement poets whose writings are studied in detail here. Form and Faith presents a new take on Victorian poetry by showing how important now-forgotten religious controversies were to the content and form of some of the best-known poems of the period. In methodology and content, it also relates strongly to current critical interest in poetic form and formalism, while recovering a historical context in which 'form' carried a particular weight of significance."--Publisher's website.
Subject English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Religion in literature.
Liturgy and poetry.
Architecture and literature.
Liturgy and architecture.
Spine Title Form & faith in Victorian poetry and religion
ISBN 9780199644506
OCLC number 769989330