‘Familiar Rhythms’: Poetry and the Liturgy

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:
‘Familiar Rhythms’: Poetry and the Liturgy

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Following on from the previous chapter, Chapter 3 turns to the use of the liturgy within the Church. It considers the revival of interest in the forms of the Book of Common Prayer, again largely spearheaded by the Tractarians and the High Church, and notes the controversy over their use. Turning to poetry on the liturgy, the chapter then offers readings of poems by Wordsworth, Robert Montgomery, and others. The chapter also discusses the plainsong revival and some of its potential for fostering new poetic structures. The second part of the chapter takes a broad view of nostalgic representations of Anglican ritual, studying the impact of the discourse of nostalgia in the poets of ‘doubt’, and closing with a consideration of the poems of Thomas Hardy.

Keywords: liturgy; Book of Common Prayer; church music; worship; nostalgia; doubt; Hardy

Chapter.  15957 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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