Tag Archives: Christmas

I Never Saw a Sweeter Child

Dorothy Parker and Scott Bates have poems that see the nativity from the vantage point of commoners.

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A Star Has Fallen, to Blossom from a Tomb

John Heath-Stubbs’s “On the Nativity” is one of my favorite Christmas poems.

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Ms. Claus, Environmental Activist

Scott Bates’s Mrs. Santa Claus poems push environmental and peace themes. The next few posts consist of some of these poems.

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A Barn Shall Harbor Heaven

In Richard Wilbur’s “Christmas Hymn,” low and high meet as we have the promise of worlds reconciled.

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A Mother’s Smile Prevails over Doubt

e.e. cummings’s Christmas poem “from spiraling ecstatically this” disrupts normal patterns to reveal the elusive nature of the divine.

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Remember the Real Meaning of Christmas

Jim McPherson’s “Christmas Humbug” reminds us what the Advent season should really be about.

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What Would Jesus Think of Christmas?

A poem arguing that Christmas has strayed from Christ’s mature message.

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Ring Out Ye Chrystal Spheres

Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” celebrates Christmas with the ornate trumpet-and-organ imagery of the 17th century.

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Feeding Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

Tuesday – Christmas Eve Over the past few cold and rainy days, chickadees, goldfinches, titmice, and nuthatches have been swarming out feeders, bringing to mind one of my father’s Christmas poems. I first posted it nine years ago. I excerpt a portion of previous post, only adding that (this in response to the allusion to […]

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