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The English HymnA Critical and Historical Study$
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J. R. Watson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019827002X.001.0001

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Discussing Hymns: The State of the Art

Discussing Hymns: The State of the Art

(p.1) 1 Discussing Hymns: The State of the Art
The English Hymn

J. R. Watson (Contributor Webpage)

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Considers the traditional view of hymns as second‐rate literature, and the neglect of them by most literary critics, apart from Donald Davie and Lionel Adey. Hymns have been thought of as belonging to the church, rather than to the world. Church critics have not helped by concentrating on content and function in worship. There is a need to understand the form of hymns, and the inseparable nature of form and content (Bakhtin).

Keywords:   Adey, Bakhtin, Church worship, Davie, hymn form, hymns, Literary critics of hymns

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