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Sacred poetry
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1. Definition, background, literary status

Sacred poetry is understood as poetry of spiritual content and religious intent, often but not always drawing on biblical material. Given that religion was the self-evident foundation and unifying bond of early modern culture, it is unsurprising that almost all important authors of the 16th and 17th centuries in particular made forays into sacred poetry. Even in the 18th and early 19th centuries, theological and ed…

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Scheitler, Irmgard, “Sacred poetry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019735>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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