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Spring and Fall: a Poem on Aging (Weekly Poem)

Today’s poem invites us to consider the beauty and agony of aging and uses seasonal imagery to trace the passing of time.

Spring and Fall

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

to a young child [Read more…]

That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire (Weekly Poem)

Today’s poem, featuring healthy doses of alliteration and a quick meter, reflects on the groaning of creation in light of coming resurrection. [Read more…]

Glory Be to God for Dappled Things (Weekly Poem)

Welcome to Verbum’s series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months, we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects. [Read more…]

The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe (Weekly Poem)

Welcome to Verbum’s new series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months, we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects.

Today’s poem is “The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe.” It’s a longer poem, but a beautiful reflection on Mary the mother of Jesus, one that rewards in the reading.   [Read more…]

The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Verbum Sacred Poem of the Week)

Welcome to Verbum’s new series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects.

Today’s poem is “The Windhover.” All poetry is meant to be read aloud, and this poem especially benefits from it, due to the density of alliteration and unique rhyme scheme. [Read more…]

God’s Grandeur, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Sacred Poem of the Week)

Welcome to Verbum’s new series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months, we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects.

We’ll begin by looking at a poem from Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889). [Read more…]

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