Poems for Lent; and Links to Some Good Websites for Lent, Holy Week and Good Friday poems

During Lent we have had many many visitors coming to our site looking for poems for Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Week…  I confess that posting poetry has not been my strong suit, particularly as I find that somehow poetry and the internet don’t always go together well.  Poetry is something to savor and reflect on slowly.  Blogging and the internet is often rushed.  Glance quickly, click and move on…  But since so many are eager for good poems, and since I love it when we can point people to good resources, I thought I’d try to at least round up a list of some poems we’ve posted over the years and also provide links to some other good poetry resouces.

The poems linked below mostly focus on Lenten themes.   The links listed in the second section, however, will contain many good poems for Holy week and Good Friday and Easter as well.

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Here is a compilation of poems for Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday & Holy Saturday.

Here is a compilation of poems for Good Friday.

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***A brand new resource for 2015 ***43 Poems for Lent – a complete index of Patrick Comerford’s 2012 blog series

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1. Poems we’ve posted here at Lent & Beyond

“The Lenten Call” – a poem by Teresa Roberts Johnson

John Donne: An excerpt from Good Friday. 1613. Riding Westward.

Bitter Herbs – A poem for Maundy Thursday

A Poem for Palm Sunday: GK Chesterton’s “The Donkey”

Miserere mei, Deus: Music and poetry for a Lenten Friday

Several Lent Poems by George Herbert

The Agony and the Sinner: Two Lenten Poems by George Herbert

The Poetry of George Herbert set to music…

First Things: two Ash Wednesday meditations on the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Christina Rossetti

George Herbert: Confession

George Herbert: On Repentance

Eden & Maundy Thursday – from the Confessing Reader blog [reflection on a section of Milton’s Paradise Lost]

Encouagement for Lent: John Donne’s Wilt Thou Forgive?

George Herbert – Lord instruct us to improve our fast

William Cowper: Jehovah Our Righteousness

Charles Wesley – Make My Heart a House of Prayer

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 2. Other sites and links to find excellent poems linked to the liturgical season

The Rev. Patrick Comerford’s 2012 Lenten Poems series (He posted a poem a day throughout Lent & Holy Week.  Browse the series and you’ll find excellent poems, as well as background information and reflections on the poems.).  Here also is his general Poetry category.

A few of my favorites:

UPDATE:  We’ve now compiled an index of all 43 poems posted by Patrick Comerford in 2012 – 43 Poems for Lent – a complete index of Patrick Comerford’s 2012 blog series

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=> Emily Polis Gibson’s website Barnstorming. Emily writes lots of orginial poetry and frequently quotes poems as well.  All accompanied by stunning photographs and soul-nourishing reflections.   A few favorites:

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=> Teresa Robert Johnson’s website:  Angliverse

Teresa has written some excellent poems on the themes of the Liturgical year.  I’ve posted several here at L&B in past years, and expect to be posting several more in Holy Week.    Check out her categories for Lent and Holy Week

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A few other links:

  • And finally, there’s always Poets.org, a very well-designed site.  You can search by Poet, by Poem, or using Advanced Search, you can search by theme or key word.  Note however that there are NO options to search for poems on the themes related to Holy Week, Good Friday, the Cross, etc.   The religious poetry at this site is quite limited.
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