Discussing Hymns: The State of the Art

J. R. Watson

in The English Hymn

Published in print August 1999 | ISBN: 9780198270027
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600784 | DOI:
 Discussing Hymns: The State of the Art

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Considers the traditional view of hymns as second‐rate literature, and the neglect of them by most literary critics, apart from Donald Davie and Lionel Adey. Hymns have been thought of as belonging to the church, rather than to the world. Church critics have not helped by concentrating on content and function in worship. There is a need to understand the form of hymns, and the inseparable nature of form and content (Bakhtin).

Keywords: Adey; Bakhtin; Church worship; Davie; hymn form; hymns; Literary critics of hymns

Chapter.  9861 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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