Anglican poets and poems?

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  1. MWDavis

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    Hello all,

    I think it would be fascinating to see how much of the English canon belonged to the Anglican Church.

    There's John Donne, George Herbert, and most of the Metaphysical Poets.

    William Wordsworth was a devout Anglican.

    There's Dante and Christina Rossetti, two leaders of the pre-Raphaelite movement.

    W.B. Yeats and C.S. Lewis were both lapsed Church of Ireland and later returned to the Church (much later in Yeats's case than Lewis's). W.H. Auden was also lapsed (C of E) and returned half-way through his career.

    T.S. Eliot famously converted to the C of E and became an Anglo-Catholic. John Betjeman was also an Anglo-Catholic.

    Geoffrey Hill, the greatest living poet, is a practicing Anglican. His wife, the poet Alice Goodman, is an ordained Anglican priest.

    Can you think of any more?
     
  2. Peteprint

    Peteprint Well-Known Member Anglican

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    The very splendid (the Rev) William Barnes
     
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    Oh – Rowan Williams, of course!
     
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    And Lewis Carroll.
     
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    Indeed, and he was an Anglo-Catholic at that! As, I think, Lord Williams is generally thought to be.
     
  7. Onlooker

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    And then there's Charles Wesley. And, while we're about it, John, Samuel, and Samuel the Younger.
     
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    And Dr Johnson.
     
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    highchurchman Well-Known Member Anglican

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    My favourite poet amongst Anglican's or others is Robert Herrick. He's earthy , but with a magic touch that doesn't step in to the mire of any century!
     
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    Also R.S. Thomas, Anglican priest and "the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of Wales".
     
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    R S Thomas – why didn't I think of him? And can we claim Robert Bridges, do you think?
     
  12. MWDavis

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    Yes indeed!
     
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    Robert Stephen Hawker, whose Hut I have visited. And that brings us to Sabine Baring-Gould.
     
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    My favorite is Christina Rossetti.
     
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    Not quite a poet, but the great writer of weird tales Arthur Machen was an Anglo-Catholic and his prose is infused with poetry.
     

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