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Favorite Christmas Poems by James Daley
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Dec 15, 2009

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The quality of the poems varies from barely mediocre to profound. That's an accurate summation of most literature written specifically for Christmas, with the profound being in the minority but worth seeking out. The gems are "The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman" by Emily Dickinson, Christmas in India" by Rudyard Kipling (for something completely different), "Christmas and New Year Bells" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and several that are the lyrics for well-loved Christmas Carols, like "Silent Night," "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," and "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day." What I like best of all is Thomas Hardy's "The Oxen," which captures the wonder of Christmas in a modern, cynical world so accurately that I can't help but ponder its words for days after every reading.

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