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date: 17 February 2020

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This article examines nineteenth-century perceptions of the interactions between poetry and preaching. It suggests that it was the perceived sympathetic force in the great nineteenth-century sermon writers, such as John Henry Newman, Frederick W. Robertson, and Charles Kingsley, that made their sermons appear “poetic” to their listeners and readers. Many nineteenth-century preachers also used poetry in their sermons because of its assumed value in conveying sympathy.

Keywords: poets, poems, preachers, preaching, nineteenth century, sympathy

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