‘Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow’ by Robert Duncan is often regarded as the poet’s best work. It analyzes the poet’s dream of a meadow while also exploring the new technique of projective verse.
‘Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow’ reaches toward the spiritual realm, tracing Duncan's own beliefs about spirituality. As a learned theologist, Duncan's interpretation of his dream is that he is somewhere beyond the physical realm in a place where the divine light, the creator of the universe, manifests forms and structure within the universe.
‘Dover Beach’ by Matthew Arnold is dramatic monologue lamenting the loss of true Christian faith in England during the mid 1800s.
The poem can be seen as a meditation on the absence of God in the modern world. The Sea of Faith, once full, has now retreated like the tide, leaving the world a darker and more uncertain place.
‘Morning Swim’ by Maxine Kumin is a thoughtful lyric poem that’s written in couplets. The poem engages with themes of God and Nature.
God is one of the most important topics at work in this poem. The presence of religion does not come into the poem until the end of the poem, when the speaker begins humming a Christian hymn.
‘Each In His Own Tongue’ by William Herbert Carruth depicts the world and all its beauty and suffering, attributing the elements to evolution, longing, consecration, or God.
God is an important part of the poem. Depending on how the reader interprets the lines of the poem, the poet may or may not have been interested in speaking for or against the existence of God.
‘Gradatim’ by Josiah Gilbert Holland is a poem about the lifetime of work it takes to climb the ladder to Heaven. One needs to dedicate themselves to a life of good deeds to reach God.
God is one of the central topics readers will encounter in this religious poem. The poet is very concerned with the amount of effort it takes to reach Heaven and wants to inspire readers to engage in as many good deeds as possible.
‘Rowing’ by Anne Sexton is a moving and unforgettable poem about depression. It was written two years before Sexton took her life in 1974.
The poem describes Sexton's search for God, as she feels Him to be present in her life, but remains "ignorant" of Him. She uses the metaphor of an island to depict the divine presence she seeks.
‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie Maggee Jr. is a powerful WWII poem that was written in the weeks prior to the poet’s death. It explores flying, God, and human mortality.
The poem contains a religious reference in its final lines, in which the speaker suggests that he has "touched the face of God" during his flight. This is the best-known part of the poem and is meant to remind readers that all people are mortal and that, before long, everyone will be in a similar position.
‘The Eternal Goodness’ by John Greenleaf Whittier is a relatively unknown 19th-century poem that explores religious themes and the various ways that God’s love comes through.
God is the primary topic at work in this 19th-century poem. The poet considers his beliefs about God and how they differ from his friends' beliefs about God. He acknowledges that everyone does not think the same way.
‘The Windhover’ is an incredibly important poem that Hopkins considered to be his best. It uses symbolism to speak about God and faith.
The power of the poet's faith comes through quite clearly in the lines of this poem. The poet uses natural images to acknowledge and celebrate God's creation and power.
‘Apostrophe to the Ocean’ by Lord Byron is an excerpt from Byron’s long, epic poem ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.’ The excerpt includes seven stanzas from the poem, starting with stanza CLXXVIII, or 178, and ending with stanza 184.
God is one of the most important parts of this poem. While the poet doesn't allude to God or religion until more than halfway through the poem, he is also celebrating the strength of God's creation by celebrating the ocean.
‘Twas the old — road — through pain—’ by Emily Dickinson describes a woman’s path from life to death and her entrance into Heaven.
The woman believes in God in this poem and hopes that she's lived a good enough life to go to Heaven.
‘Plant a Tree’ by Lucy Larcom is a nature and religion-themed poem that speaks about the benefits of planting trees.
God is another important topic at work in this 19th-century poem. The poet continually alludes to the ways that creating life brings one close to God.