Tag Archives: Poetry

For I will consider Christopher Smart

You may have come across the poem by Christopher Smart (1722-1771), “For I will consider my cat Jeoffry”, which begins: For I will consider my cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the living God. Duly and daily serving … Continue reading

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The brooding Spirit

Looking through the archives, I posted this one for Pentecost before, back in 2004. Well, I’m posting it again: God’s Grandeur The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It … Continue reading

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Auden and the Victim

Another Good Friday discovery (for me at least – slow on the uptake as always): W.H. Auden’s Horae Canonicae, subtitled “Immolatus vicerit”, “the victim has conquered”. It’s a sequence of seven poems based on the canonical hours of prayer: Prime, … Continue reading

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That we finally lose not the things poetical

I’ve long thought that there is a secret organisation at work in the church: the Campaign for the Abolition of Poetry. The CAP is dedicated to hammering flat the language used in liturgies, hymns and biblical translations, turning “difficult”, “alienating” … Continue reading

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