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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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‘Familiar Rhythms’: Poetry and the Liturgy

‘Familiar Rhythms’: Poetry and the Liturgy

(p.85) 3 ‘Familiar Rhythms’: Poetry and the Liturgy
Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Kirstie Blair

Oxford University Press

Following on from the previous chapter, Chapter 3 turns to the use of the liturgy within the Church. It considers the revival of interest in the forms of the Book of Common Prayer, again largely spearheaded by the Tractarians and the High Church, and notes the controversy over their use. Turning to poetry on the liturgy, the chapter then offers readings of poems by Wordsworth, Robert Montgomery, and others. The chapter also discusses the plainsong revival and some of its potential for fostering new poetic structures. The second part of the chapter takes a broad view of nostalgic representations of Anglican ritual, studying the impact of the discourse of nostalgia in the poets of ‘doubt’, and closing with a consideration of the poems of Thomas Hardy.

Keywords:   liturgy, Book of Common Prayer, church music, worship, nostalgia, doubt, Hardy

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