A Hymn for His Courts
by Anthony Esolen
I've often said that beauty is not just for museums, or the parlors of rich people, or professors browsing among books of poetry, but for everyone. There was a time when every peasant in Europe need only turn to his village church to find himself amidst beautiful art in stone and paint and wood and glass. In particular, the art of poetry—song, and story told in song—is universal to man, or was so until our place and time, when no songs are passed from the memory of one generation to another, and most college graduates have never heard of Tennyson and would be hard put . . .
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Anthony Esolen is a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. His many books include Sex in the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind, Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a regular contributor to Chronicles, Crisis Magazine, The Claremont Review, Inside the Vatican Things, The Catholic Thing, and American Greatness. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a Roman Catholic and lives with his wife in New Hampshire. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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