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First, we need Watts’ poetry in our lives. Our world clambers after the latest thing, and as we wear ourselves out in the process, great poets such as Watts often get put in a box on the curb for the thrift store pickup. How could a gawky, male poet, living and writing three hundred years ago, be relevant today? Our postmodern, post-Christian, post-biblical culture has almost totally dismissed what was called poetry in Watts’ day. Few deny it: ours is a post-poetry culture. Martin Luther insisted that in a reformation, “We need poets.” [Here I Stand]  However, Christians often accept the decline of poetry without a whimper. Won’t the machinations of society carry on just fine without poetry? Won’t the church do just fine without it? It’s not like poetry contributes anything vital. You can’t eat it. So thought Hanoverian King George II: “I hate all poets!” he declared. But are Christians to stand deferentially aside as culture pitches poetry —the highest form— into the lowest circle of hell?


Bond; Douglas (2013-10-29). The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts (A Long Line of Godly Men Profiles) (Kindle Locations 167-170). Reformation Trust Publishing. Kindle Edition.