The holy and penitential season of Lent impels us to dwell upon our own sinfulness and need for redemption, and most importantly, the saving death of Christ on the Cross. Can poetry assist us in our prayer and observance of Lententide? In sooth, it can! By reflecting together on the Cross as it appears in poetry, we can be given a new and wondrous vision of "the wood of the Cross on which hung the Savior of the world." Specifically, we will consider the Anglo-Saxon poetic vision, "the Dream of the Rood," John Donne's "The Cross", and lastly, a few stanzas from the work of T.S. Eliot.
by Br. Sebastian White, O.P.