Good Poetry, Good Hymnody

by Jonathan Hamilton

Out of the four classes I have taken so far from Dr. Kevin Bauder at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Minneapolis), he has required students to write a hymn for three of them. As I reviewed the helpful links he has provided to help us write better hymns, I thought that these descriptions of what makes a good hymn might prove to be very important reading for all Christians, not just hymn writers. I hope you’ll read them and, at least in the long run, find them so.

What makes a Good Poem

Telling a Good Poem from a Bad One

What Makes a Good Hymn – Balances and Contrasts

What Makes a Good Hymn (Ironically, the poem he includes at the end is a bit problematic for me in a couple of points.)