Poetic Aspects Of Hymnody

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Hymns are essentially poems set to music. The following article describes the poetic qualities of hymn texts, defines several of the technical terms used to categorize hymns texts, and then discusses how hymn tunes need to be sensitive to the poetic qualities of the text. Studying the examples provided in this article will help the reader to better understand and use hymns for congregational singing.



For many people looking through a hymnal, the use of such letters as SM, CM, LM,...


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