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Author: Prof. Barb H. Wyman

Poetry Blog

Hope of Heaven

The reality of Christ’s resurrection, like the bow set in the sky by God after the great flood, gives hope, even amidst sorrow or sadness.

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My Birthday: Part 2

In the second half of the poem, “My Birthday,” Blessed John Henry Newman continues to relate how worldly people celebrate birthdays in contrast to how he wishes to mark his day.

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My Birthday

In his Birthday poem, Blessed John Henry Newman considers how a life should be spent, reminding us to beware the vanities of the world.

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Candlemas

Newman reflects how light and Candlemas show Christ to be the light of the world.

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England, Newman’s Admonition

Newman warned England to repent from its pride and rejection of God. In his verses he opened lines with stressed syllables to emphasize his point.

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Epiphany-Eve: A Birthday Offering

Newman sees the meaning of his sister’s death as drawing those she left behind into that invisible world, likening it to the star which guided the magi.

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Preparing for Christ

Blessed Newman’s poem, “Advent-Lauds,” is a translation of a fifth century hymn that can help us prepare for the coming of our Lord.

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The Elements

Newman teaches that faith and reason at the service of God brings man to a deeper appreciation of the complexity of the created world

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Faith against Sight

We are called by Newman to scatter wide the seed of the truth of the gospel, living in the world which just like from days of old forgets God.

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