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Haunted by the Cross

Mark Oakley continues his Lent series on poetry

IN THIS series on poetry and the cross, we jump ahead to the 19th century, where we find an extraordinary range of voices and beliefs — some poets full of faith, depicting Jesus as a Romantic hero, and some, influenced by the religious doubts that many were openly speaking of, wanting to reclaim something of the human in Jesus as a moral exemplar. Jesus now becomes more respected than adored in some poetic circles.

This is the period in which Tennyson would write that “There lives ...

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