Faith, Hope and Poetry by Malcolm Guite
Theology and the Poetic Imagination (Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts)

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"Faith, Hope and Poetry" explores the poetic imagination as a way of knowing; a way of seeing reality more clearly. Presenting a series of critical appreciations of English poetry from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day, Malcolm Guite applies the insights of poetry to contemporary issues and the contribution poetry can make to our religious knowing and the way we 'do Theology'. This book is not solely concerned with overtly religious poetry and attends to the paradoxical ways in which the poetry of doubt and despair also enriches theology. Developing an original analysis and application of the poetic vision of Coleridge and Seamus Heaney in the final chapters, Guite builds towards a substantial theology of imagination and provides unique insights into truth which complement and enrich more strictly rational ways of knowing. Readers of this book will return to their reading of poetry equipped with new insights and enthusiasm and will be challenged to integrate imaginative ways of knowing into their other academic and intellectual pursuits.

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Malcolm Guite is poet, priest and academic living and working in Cambridge. His recent writings include `What Do Christians Believe? 2006, "Poetry, Playfulness and Truth...'" a chapter on the theology of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest in Faithful Performances: Enacting Christian Tradition, ed. Trevor Hart and Stephen Guthrie (Ashgate 2007) and six poems in Live Simply, 2008. His chapter on the poetry of CS Lewis appears in the Cambridge Companion to CS Lewis, 2010.
Published September 1, 2010 by Ashgate. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction

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