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Malcolm Guite Opening Lecture on George Herbert's Poem "Love"

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford Building
mjclancy@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School will welcome Malcolm Guite as the 2014 Visiting Artist in Residence by sponsoring an opening daytime lecture on George Herbert titled "Three Responses to 'Love.'" The lecture will reflect on Herbert's poem "Love" and how it has continued to inspire and influence both poets and theologians.

Guite, who is DITA's first visiting artist in residence, is known to many as the “Rockin’ Rev.” He serves as Bye-Fellow and chaplain at Girton College at the University of Cambridge, while supervising in English and theology. Guite is also the front man for the rhythm and blues band Mystery Train. His albums include "The Green Man" and "Dancing through the Fire." Guite has published four collections of poetry: Saying the Names (2002), The Magic Apple Tree (2004), Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year (2012), and most recently, The Singing Bowl (2013).

His theological works include What Do Christians Believe? and Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. His essay on literature and incarnation is included in Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts.

Guite is a devout reader and scholar of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and British poets, and finds inspiration in the works of The Band, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan.