Poetry

‘Twas the night before Christmas’ helped make the modern Santa – and led to a literary whodunit

"Santa Claus had undergone many makeovers in the Western imagination by the time readers were introduced to 'Twas the Night before Christmas.' Some scholars argue that the idea of a magical being bringing gifts and good cheer can be traced all the way back to the Greek goddess Artemis." - The Conversation

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To the Mourner

"In recent months I have often mentioned the growing importance of poetry in my life. As we come to Good Friday and Easter, I have been enjoying some of the devotional poetry of days gone by, and was especially struck by Hannah Flagg Gould’s "To the Mourner.'" - Challies

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Leland Ryken– 40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: a Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning

"What you’ll hear in this episode: What it means to read the great hymns as devotional poems. Why should Christians read hymns as poems in addition to singing them. How Dr. Ryken envisions readers using this anthology of hymnic poems." - Servants of Grace

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“Instead of simply showing that the ideas and practices of secularist progressivism are wrong, [Esolen] also shows how—unlike Christianity—they are lifeless and soul-numbing.”

"Today, in this lifeless and soul-numbing culture, hardly anyone reads poetry anymore.  In the Introduction to The Hundredfold, Esolen blames the rise of free verse for the decline in poetry’s popularity, going on to give us a seminar in meter, rhyme, and poetic form that can teach us how to read poetry and how to appreciate it once again." - Gene Veith

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