The meeting of Coleridge and Blake in fact and imagination
7.00 pm Wednesday 22 February 2017
Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
When the Swedenborgian Charles Tulk introduced Blake and Coleridge he described their meeting and conversation thus: ‘Blake and Coleridge, when in company seemed like congenial beings from another sphere, breathing for a while on our earth’. Unfortunately he doesn’t tell us what they actually said. In this talk Malcolm Guite will try to tease out what they had in common, particularly in their theology of Imagination.
Malcolm Guite is a poet and priest, working as Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. He also teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature. He is the author of The Singing Bowl: Collected Poems (2013), Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry: What do Christians Believe? (2006). A spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, to be called Mariner, will be published in 2017. Malcolm was the inaugural artist in residence at Duke Divinity School in the USA in September 2014, and ‘Visionary in Residence’ at Biola in Los Angeles in March 2015. His poetry was used in ‘Passion: a contemporary journey to the cross’ a performance in Dance, Word and Music, which toured a number of English Cathedrals in 2015. Malcolm Guite has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life.
Th event is free for both members and non-members of the Blake Society. However if you are coming then Waterstones would like to know in order to organise hospitality. The link to affirm can be found here: