‘Structured Shade’: Church Architecture and Poetry

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:
‘Structured Shade’: Church Architecture and Poetry

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Focusing on ecclesiastical architecture and the Gothic revival, this chapter argues that church buildings were read in terms of harmonious formal structures and were frequently compared to poems, just as poems about church architecture — from Wordsworth’s Excursion to Isaac Williams’s The Cathedral — used form to represent architectural ideas. The chapter takes in the Cambridge Camdenites and their work, discusses their relation to Tractarianism, and closes by assessing the ongoing relation between poetic and architectural form in the work of Ruskin and Coventry Patmore.

Keywords: architecture; poetry; ecclesiology; cathedral; Gothic Revival; Neale; Patmore; Ruskin

Chapter.  13966 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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