The Bible in Poetry

Over the centuries, poets have looked to the Bible for their inspiration, capturing the rhythms, themes, and stories for their own writings. William Shakespeare, John Milton, Christina Rossetti, John Donne, T. S. Eliot, J. R. R. Tolkien, Langston Hughes, just to name a few!

Did you know that it’s estimated conservatively that Shakespeare’s writings allude to the Bible more than any other playwright of the Elizabethan era—with more than 1,200 references to the Bible.

The most commonly cited book is the Psalms, taken from the version in the Book of Common Prayer.

Contemporary poets in the twenty-first century continue to look to the Bible for inspiration. A writer referring to poets of today said: “As long as they are writing poetry, we will continue to hear the echoes of scripture in poetry!”

Engage with the Bible—in its influence on all the arts over the centuries!


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