Tractarian Poetry, Poetics, and the Forms of Faith

Kirstie Blair

in Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644506
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741593 | DOI:
Tractarian Poetry, Poetics, and the Forms of Faith

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This chapter discusses how Tractarianism revived debates over formal worship, assessing the ways in which the Oxford Movement leaders, notably Newman, Keble, and Faber, saw form as a means of containing and channelling religious emotion. It assesses Keble’s widely disseminated poetic theories, particularly as displayed in his lectures as Oxford Professor or Poetry, in this light, and includes a detailed reading in the final section of the chapter of his deployment of form in The Christian Year.

Keywords: Tractarian; Oxford Movement; Anglicanism; Newman; Keble; Christian Year; religious poetry

Chapter.  13047 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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