Mariner: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Mariner: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Mariner: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Voyage of Faith
Malcolm Guite
Tuesday 7 February 2017  |  6.30 - 8pm
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Chaired by Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor at St Paul's Cathedral
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A visionary interpretation of a visionary poem – Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Malcolm Guite has established himself as one of the leading Christian poets of our time. This positions him to offer a distinctive reading of a poetic giant of the past, S. T. Coleridge. As expected, Mariner is exceptionally rich, penetrating and absorbing. Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

Coleridge is, famously, one of the great Romantic poets, a group renowned for their wild lives and living outside respectable society. A brilliant and innovative poet, Coleridge was also, perhaps surprisingly, a man of profound faith and insight into the Christian life.

Malcolm Guite, poet, priest and academic, has written a new biography telling the life of the poet through the lens of his great poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Written when Coleridge was just 25, it traces a journey which begins in high hopes and good spirits, leads to an intense encounter with human fallibility, fear and loneliness, before coming home to a renewal of faith and vocation. It is however much more than an individual’s story: it is a profound exploration of the human condition itself. Malcolm Guite will explore Coleridge’s life, faith, and poetry and bring him into fresh light as a subtle, surprising and profound theologian.

Malcolm Guite is a poet, theologian and song-writer. He teaches in the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge and is Chaplain of Girton College,Cambridge. He also lectures widely in England and North American on theology and literature, has published poetry, theology and literary criticism and worked as a librettist. His latest book is Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Hodder 2017).

The event will include plenty of time for questions and answers.