What Are Some Short Poems With Christian Themes?


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"God's Grandeur," "Pied Beauty," "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" and "Carrion Comfort" are four short poems by 19th century Catholic priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins that contain either Christian themes or Christian elements within them. Robert Hugh Benson and Francis Thompson are authors of other short poems containing Christian themes.

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"God's Grandeur" is one of Gerard Manley Hopkins' most famous poems. The work is a short reflection on God's presence in nature and of the workings of the Holy Spirit. "Pied Beauty" is a poem of praise to God that discusses the seemingly simple things in nature. "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" is an even more explicitly Christian poem that references Christ and his role as mediator between God and men. "Carrion Comfort" is a poem that reflects on the reality of suffering, and in particular how human beings must undergo suffering in order to be more like Jesus.

"Hound of Heaven" is Francis Thompson's best-known work, but he wrote many other shorter works on Christian themes. "The Kingdom of God" is a short work with references from both the Old and New Testaments. Robert Hugh Benson was, like Hopkins, a priest, and he produced short poems on themes such as the liturgy and contrition.

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