Stuck for a bit of festive-themed poetry this Christmas? Let us help. Here are our 10 quick holiday recommendations. These are, we reckon, 10 of the greatest poems for the Christmas holidays. They’re all quite short and make for ideal festive reading, so we’ve provided links to each of the poems, too. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a book-lover and enjoy this post, we have lots more literary interestingness in our bargain book, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History.
Thomas Hardy, ‘The Oxen‘. Written in 1915 during WWI, this poem shows a yearning for childhood beliefs which the adult speaker can no longer hold. In other words, it highlights the yearning to believe, even – or perhaps especially – when we know that we cannot bring ourselves to entertain such beliefs. (Hardy had lost his religious faith early in life.) Read the rest of this entry