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Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion$
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Kirstie Blair

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.001.0001

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‘Structured Shade’: Church Architecture and Poetry

‘Structured Shade’: Church Architecture and Poetry

(p.51) 2 ‘Structured Shade’: Church Architecture and Poetry
Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Kirstie Blair

Oxford University Press

Focusing on ecclesiastical architecture and the Gothic revival, this chapter argues that church buildings were read in terms of harmonious formal structures and were frequently compared to poems, just as poems about church architecture — from Wordsworth’s Excursion to Isaac Williams’s The Cathedral — used form to represent architectural ideas. The chapter takes in the Cambridge Camdenites and their work, discusses their relation to Tractarianism, and closes by assessing the ongoing relation between poetic and architectural form in the work of Ruskin and Coventry Patmore.

Keywords:   architecture, poetry, ecclesiology, cathedral, Gothic Revival, Neale, Patmore, Ruskin

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