Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 December 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter explores the relationship between devotion and poetry in the period as one mediated through sound and listening. Poems that express a feeling and experience of devotion deliberately and self-consciously ask readers to feel and repeat their faith through meter and rhythm: the sound the poem makes, measured through prosody, forges a path to God. The chapter addresses how this devotional sound is transmitted and received in poems by Christopher Smart, Isaac Watts, and John Newton in the context of contemporary prosody, the Psalms, and the development of the hymn. It also addresses writers such as David Hartley, John and Charles Wesley, and Anna Barbauld to argue for the affective exuberance of “sound” in the period’s devotional poetry, one that is later eclipsed by a Romantic turn to the visual and visionary.

Keywords: poetry, genre, devotional poetry, hymnody, meditation, religion, Romanticism

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.