Poetry Friday: “American Sonnet” by Billy Collins

When people tell me that they hate poetry, I recommend that they read Billy Collins. His work is accessible, fun, and light in tone–but often with hidden depths waiting for you to fall into.

Today, I’ll look at Collins’ “American Sonnet,” a whimsical take on modern conventions of expressing love.

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Theology Thursday: “Sonnet on his Blindness” by John Milton

Yet another Poetry Friday disguising as a Theology Thursday! Poetry is great and so is theology–I can’t resist the urge to combine them. Neither, apparently, could John Milton. Today, we’re taking a look at his famous “Sonnet on his Blindness.”

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Theology Thursday: “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

This past semester, my English teacher announced that today, we were going to read a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The girl next to me groaned. “Ugh,” she said. “Not Hopkins.”

Now, this girl happens to be a lovely person and a good friend of mine, but in that moment, it was as if the devil himself sat in that chair. I spun around. “Hopkins is the best poet in the English language.”

“That’s subjective,” she said. “He’s boring.”

Um, hell no. The quality of poetry is not, and can never be, subjective. It is not dependent on one’s personal enjoyment of the poem.

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