Liturgy works to tune the soul; poetry works to tune the emotions. The two become almost indistinguishable, however, when the experience conveyed by the poem is the poet’s experience of God.
An interesting article on the history of the link between poetry and prayer. I’m sure a lot more could be said about it.
A new Kiwi blog I’m enjoying and the perfect post for this morning.
The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.
Until recently, I thought this was a C. S. Lewis quote, because that’s who most people attribute it to, but it’s actually only a very loose paraphrase of something he said.
Having said that, I can imagine him saying it, and I think it’s a statement worth thinking about; that’s why I’ve shared it here.
Recently I’ve been looking for examples of Christian poets who navigate the relationship between faith and art well, so that neither is compromised. I guess I’m looking for role models.
Here are a couple of possible candidates:
In Search of the Great Goodness: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon
Faithful to the Work: An Interview and Two Poems with John Leax, Part 1 and Part 2