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.
Here is a compilation of poems for Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday & Holy Saturday.
Here is a compilation of poems for Good Friday.
***A brand new resource for 2015 ***: 43 Poems for Lent – a complete index of Patrick Comerford’s 2012 blog series
1. Poems we’ve posted here at Lent & Beyond
Eden & Maundy Thursday – from the Confessing Reader blog [reflection on a section of Milton’s Paradise Lost]
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:
- Holy Cross, by Sir Shane Leslie
- Confession (O What a cunning guest), by George Herbert
- Lenten Communion by Katharine Tynan
- Barnfloor and Winepress, by Gerard Manley Hopkins
- I see His Blood Upon the Rose,’ by Joseph Mary Plunkett
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
=> 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:
- Lenten Reflection–The Flooded Path
- Listening to Lent — Whiter Than Snow
- Listening to Lent – Have Mercy
- Listening to Lent — Such a Life
- Listening to Lent — Love to the Loveless
- Lenten Grace — Be Still and Wait
- Lenten Grace — We Must Choose
- Lenten Grace — Wilderness Waiting
- Lenten Grace — Great Gaps
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
A few other links:
- The Project Canterbury Website – the GO TO site on the web for Anglican History. Here’s the Poetry category.
- Lectionary Central: If you open their pages for various Sundays of Lent, or Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and scroll down the LEFT HAND SIDEBAR, you will find links to various liturgical poems (Donne, Keble, etc.)
- Kendall Harmon frequently posts Poems linked to liturgical seasons at TitusOneNine. Here’s his Lent category. Here’s his Holy Week category
- 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.