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

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Religion
  • Christianity


Show Summary Details


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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.