Eric Hutchinson

The Protestant World of Shakespeare – Christian Article

By E. J. Hutchinson It is a monstrous waste of time to try to convince oneself, rocking anxiously back and forth in one’s pajamas, that William Shakespeare was a Roman Catholic—or a Protestant. It is difficult to imagine a more efficient way of destroying literature and the experience of literature than by turning it into a confessional team sport. As W.H. Auden says in The Dyer’s Hand, “The integrity of a writer is more threatened by appeals to his social…

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On Marianne Moore’s “Poetry – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By E. J. Hutchinson Why do we read poetry? Why should we? April is National Poetry Month, so it makes sense to take advantage of it to introduce a new series on poetry at Mere Orthodoxy. Its objective is simple: to read some poems, discuss them, think about them, enjoy them. We begin with a poem that acknowledges the difficulty many people have with the medium: Marianne Moore’s “Poetry,” first published in Others for 1919: An Anthology of the New…

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