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C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge
July 26 — August 3, 2011

Paradigms of Hope
Transcending Chaos & Transforming Culture


Afternoon Seminars & Workshops


BC-16 — Writing Poetry: The Dance Between Technique and Inspiration

Malcolm Guite

Over these four sessions we will look at what is involved in both enjoying and writing poetry. We will consider five ways of reading poetry and also look at how we can use poetic forms, like the sonnet and villanelle, to help us in our writing. This will be hands-on practical work, and it would be helpful if participants bring poems they love as well as poems they have written and be ready to do some improvising and writing during the sessions.



Malcolm Guite Malcolm Guite Born in Nigeria and raised in Africa and Canada, Guite is a poet and singer-songwriter living in Cambridge, where he also works as a priest and academic. A fellow of Girton College and a Senior Associate of The Cambridge Theological Federation for whom he also teaches, he lectures widely on C.S. Lewis, on poetry and on theology in the UK as well as in the US.  He has worked in various media including the BBC Documentary, The NarniaCode. He is a published poet and the author of What Do Christians Believe?; Faith Hope and Poetry; Theology and the Poetic Imagination; and “C.S. Lewis as Poet” in The Cambridge Companion to CS Lewis.



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