When it comes to God, Dickinson wrote near the end of her life, "we both believe, and disbelieve a hundred times an Hour, which keeps Believing nimble." These dazzling, gnomic poems both comfort and confound the soul.
Selected Poems and Four Plays:
Yeats was a nominal Protestant who dabbled in esoteric religious practices, but his poetry nevertheless bore the imprint of biblical language and logic. Like a mystic meditating on the meaning of Christ's wounds, he sensed "nothing can be sole or whole / That has not been rent."
New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001
Shaped by the sufferings of Poland in World War II, this Nobel Prize—winning Catholic poet was driven by doubt yet also fueled by the hope that one day we "will rise, in undiminished light, / And be real, strong, free." A remarkable thinker, an astonishing poet.
Collected Poems: 1943-2004
For almost 70 years, Wilbur has been writing poems marked by exceptional wisdom, elegance, and grace. "In the strict sense," he observes, "We invent nothing, merely bearing witness / To what each morning brings again to light."
Every Riven Thing: Poems
Recently published, this collection is packed with deeply personal poems of unusual depth, clarity, and candor. They speak of suffering and seeking in a world in which "God goes belonging to every riven thing He's made."
Copyright © 2011 Christianity Today. Click for reprint information.
Roger Lundin is the author of Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age.
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems and Four Plays, New and ...1
Already a CT subscriber? Log in for full digital access.
Have something to add about this? See something we missed? Share your feedback here.
Subscribe to Christianity Today and get access to this article plus 65+ years of archives.
- Home delivery of CT magazine
- Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com
- Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives
- Learn more
My Top 5 Books on Poetry for the Soul
This slideshow is only available for subscribers.
Please log in or subscribe to view the slideshow.