English Religious Poetry of the Nineteenth Century as Influenced by the Catholic Spirit


Since we are now entering upon the second quarter of the twentieth century, it follows that the perspective thus offered gives ample scope for an authoritative report on the literary output of the preceding century, in the special field chosen - English Religious Poetry. The older English poets wrote from an established point of view, that is, their human creed and their idea of man coincided, while the modern English poets voice the protest or the defense of those who have little in common save the genius of the Bard. This has led to a certain recklessness in the matter of judging standards. But a thorough study of the nineteenth century poetry shows that its master minds, Catholic and non-Catholic, all recognized the beauty, the truth, the valor and the permanent value of the Roman Catholic theme

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