Saturday, April 19, 2008

Got Poetry?

I used to love poetry. Then I became a Christian, and I somehow got the idea that poetry was a waste of time. I suppose it was the subtext in all those sermons that fuzzy thinking and oblique talk was devilish. Christians should talk in propositions, like an freshly-starched epistle. Poetry was for people who didn't know what the #&!! they believed.
Coming full-circle never felt so good. I'm rediscovering poetry and my affection for it. It started, I think, by spending more time in the Hebrew Scriptures. Then, I began bumping into Berry, Cairns, Kooser, Hopkins, et al.
If poetry has seemed alien and useless to you, then check out this link to some excellent contemporary poetry.


Blogger Joel said...

I'm probably not alone, but Song of Solomon always felt poetic to me.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Absolutely. In fact, it IS poetry. Along with Job, the Psalms and many other parts of the Hebrew Bible. In fact, I think the Bible as a whole comes out to be about 1/3 poetry.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

And Ecclesiastes, if not poetry, made for at least one good song.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oh yes, how could I forget Ecclesiastes! And the Byrds!

10:51 PM  

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