Edward L. Hart: A Conversation about Poetry

Poet Edward L. Hart wrote the lyrics to one of Mormonism’s favorite hymns, “Our 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: “The 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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