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The Truth’s Superb Surprise: How Poetry Can Open Your Eyes and Deepen Your Thought

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 7:30PM - 9:00 PM

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Emily Dickinson's great phrase, "The Truth's Superb's Surprise," has much to teach us about poetry, preaching and prayer. Drawing on the poetry of Dickinson and many others, poet, professor and priest Malcolm Guite considers how poetic imagination renews faith.

This lecture is part of our 2017 Summer Evening Public Lecture series. 

Malcolm Guite is the Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. He teaches for the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge and lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature. His publications include What do Christians Believe? (Granta 2006); Faith, Hope and Poetry (Ashgate 2010, paperback 2012); Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year (Canterbury 2012); The Singing Bowl: Collected Poems (Canterbury 2013); Waiting on the Word (Canterbury 2015); and Parable and Paradox (Canterbury 2016).

Dr. Guite will be teaching the class "A Passion for Poetry" from July 17–21, 2017, as part of our 2017 Summer Programs. Learn more at

Regent College Chapel

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Malcolm Guite

Chaplain and Teacher (University of Cambridge)

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