The Poet-Preachers

Kirstie Blair

in The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583591
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Poet-Preachers


This article examines nineteenth-century perceptions of the interactions between poetry and preaching. It suggests that it was the perceived sympathetic force in the great nineteenth-century sermon writers, such as John Henry Newman, Frederick W. Robertson, and Charles Kingsley, that made their sermons appear “poetic” to their listeners and readers. Many nineteenth-century preachers also used poetry in their sermons because of its assumed value in conveying sympathy.

Keywords: poets; poems; preachers; preaching; nineteenth century; sympathy

Article.  7344 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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