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Subject Index - Faith and Religion
This particular categrory is at once the easiest and the most difficult to describe. The main difficulties are that it is a personal and heartfelt subject for most of the world (and likewise, all of the included poets), and therefore one in which I must tread lightly, and that a major shortcoming of the collection is that the devotional contents are focused almost entirely on Christianity.
That is not intended to send any message other than that, since this database is primarily in English, and the timeframe it covers is limited by copyright, what has been donated and what was available in the public domain simply is what it is. If you have the time and inclination to help us supplement with other materials and provenance, and translation where needed, and have expertise in the area, your assistance would be warmly welcomed.
That being said, we must also acknowledge that, particlarly among English poets, some of the contributions here are by significant religious figures. John Donne is a notable example.
Among the best examples included here might be the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose poetry was popularized by his good friend Robert Bridges. Bridges became Poet Laureate
For simplicity, I have always liked Christina Rossetti's conversation with God in Up-Hill.
Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.