Easter and Poetry

Over at the SMH is a wonderful article At Easter, the Poetry is in the Piety with diverse selections from John Donne, Oscar Wilde,  T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and John Updike.

Ending up Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter, the author concludes:

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
Making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
Faded credulity of earlier ages:

Let us walk through the door.

At Easter, millions walk, if not through the door, then into churches and cathedrals — the chambers of God — and become part of the poetry of faith. The ritual becomes the tone poem universal. In each recitation, the word is given life. The faithful know it is in their blood.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/blogs/wokkapedia/at-easter-the-poetry-is-in-the-piety-20120403-1w9z8.html#ixzz1r1TZuu7D



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  • Allen Browne

    For poetry leading up to Easter, ISV of Phil 2:6-11:

    6 In God’s own form existed he,
    And shared with God equality,
    Deemed nothing needed grasping.
    7 Instead, poured out in emptiness,
    A servant’s form did he possess,
    A mortal man becoming.
    In human form he chose to be,
    8 And lived in all humility,
    Death on a cross obeying.
    9 Now lifted up by God to heaven,
    A name above all others given,
    This matchless name possessing.
    10 And so, when Jesus’ name is called,
    The knees of everyone will fall
    Where’er they are residing.
    11 Then every tongue in one accord,
    Will say that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    While God the Father praising.