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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Authors

Casualene Meyer

Abstract

Poet Edward L. Hart wrote the lyrics to one of Mormonism"€™s favorite hymns, "€œOur Savior"€™s Love."€ As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hart gives his thoughts on the relationship between praise and poetry and how even secular poems can capture a sense of worship. He also discusses the inspiration behind subjects he"€™s addressed in poetry, including nature and war; the background of some of his compositions; and his influences. He describes the power of poetic language this way: "€œThe feel for human truths goes hand in hand with the language and all that the words suggest, their history. The whole working together conveys a truth that was always known but comes with a shock of recognition, because we hadn"€™t been aware that we knew it."€

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