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Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Kirstie Blair


This study situates Victorian poetry in relation to Victorian religion, with particular emphasis on the bitter contemporary debates over the use of forms in worship. It argues that poetry made significant contributions to these debates, not least through its formal structures. By assessing the discourses of church architecture and liturgy in the first half of the book, the text demonstrates that Victorian poets both reflected on and affected ecclesiastical practices. The second half of the book focuses on particular poets and poems, including Browning’s Christmas-Eve and Tennyson’s In Memoriam ... More

Keywords: Victorian, poetry, religion, church, form, Tractarian, Browning, Barrett Browning, Tennyson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644506
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirstie Blair, author
Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow