Tag Archives: Beauty

Lord, Thou’st Made the World Too Beautiful

Millay’s gorgeous poem about autumn testifies to God’s hand in the world.

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Beauty Amidst the Refugee Heartbreak

Adam Zagajewski’s beautiful poem “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” is particularly relevant at the moment with the tragedy of the Syrian refugees.

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An Inspiring Speech Draws Upon Poetry

Obama drew powerfully from James Baldwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman in his Selma speech.

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Fable of the Rose and the Vine

This Scott Bates fable sings the praises of individual vision.

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To Beauty: A Constant Sacrament of Praise

Wallace Stevens’ “Peter Quince” mingles eroticism with spirituality.

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