Article of the Week

Edward L. Hart: A Conversation about Poetry
March 18, 2019
Article of the Week
Edward L. Hart: A Conversation about Poetry
Author Casualene Meyer

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Casualene Meyer that was published in issue 40:1. To download the PDF and read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Edward L. Hart, well known as the writer of “Our Savior’s Love,” was a professor of writing at BYU for many years. Hart passed away March 9, 2008, and we remember this great poet and his contributions to BYU and to the church. His obituary mentions his varied experiences, including serving as a US Naval Intelligence officer during World War II. 

This short interview tells a little about his life and philosophy. 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 his subject’s he’s addressed in poetry, including nature and war; the background of some of his contributions; and his influences. He describes the power of poetic language this way: “The feel for human truths goes hand in hand with the language that all 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.