10 Great Christmas Poems

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Stuck for a bit of festive-themed poetry this Christmas? Let us help. Here are our 10 quick recommendations. These are, we reckon, 10 of the greatest poems for Christmas. They’re all quite short and make for ideal festive reading, so we’ve provided links to each of the poems, too.

Thomas Hardy, ‘The Oxen’. Written in 1915 during WWI, this poem shows a yearning for childhood beliefs which the adult speaker can no longer hold. In other words, it highlights the yearn to believe, even – or perhaps especially – when we know that we cannot bring ourselves to entertain such beliefs. (Hardy had lost his religious faith early in life.) A fine analysis of the poem can be found here and you can read ‘The Oxen’ here.

John Betjeman, ‘Christmas’.This poem forms an intriguing pair with Hardy’s ‘The Oxen’, but where Hardy longed IL - Christmas 1to believe but could not…

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