A Form of Belief: The Prayer Lyrics of Elizabeth Jennings and Louise Glück

This article considers the continuing relationship between contemporary lyric poetry and prayer through readings of poems by Elizabeth Jennings (a British cradle-Catholic) and Louise Glück (an American of no professed religion). In different contexts, both turn to the concept of a "book of hour...

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Published in:Christianity & literature
Main Author: Stevens, Jeremy (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Christianity & literature
Year: 2020, Volume: 69, Issue: 2, Pages: 237-251
Online Access: Verlag
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Summary:This article considers the continuing relationship between contemporary lyric poetry and prayer through readings of poems by Elizabeth Jennings (a British cradle-Catholic) and Louise Glück (an American of no professed religion). In different contexts, both turn to the concept of a "book of hours" for formal inspiration, and—like many contemporary poets—engage with prayer as a formal model for lyric poems. In a secular age this makes their lyrics self-reflexive, questioning lyric presence. Ultimately, however, prayer's formal involvement with lyric expression reveals that both prayer and lyric depend on a continuing capacity for (different kinds of) belief.
ISSN:2056-5666
Contains:Enthalten in: Christianity & literature