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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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Tractarian Poetry, Poetics, and the Forms of Faith

Tractarian Poetry, Poetics, and the Forms of Faith

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(p.21) 1 Tractarian Poetry, Poetics, and the Forms of Faith
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Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion
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Kirstie Blair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.003.0002

This chapter discusses how Tractarianism revived debates over formal worship, assessing the ways in which the Oxford Movement leaders, notably Newman, Keble, and Faber, saw form as a means of containing and channelling religious emotion. It assesses Keble’s widely disseminated poetic theories, particularly as displayed in his lectures as Oxford Professor or Poetry, in this light, and includes a detailed reading in the final section of the chapter of his deployment of form in The Christian Year.

Keywords:   Tractarian, Oxford Movement, Anglicanism, Newman, Keble, Christian Year, religious poetry

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