- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (June 20 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473611059
- ISBN-13: 978-1473611054
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.1 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 862 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge Hardcover – Jun 20 2017
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Malcolm Guite has established himself as one of the leading Christian poets of our time. This positions him to offer a distinctive reading of a poetic giant of the past, S. T. Coleridge. As expected, Mariner is exceptionally rich, penetrating and absorbing.―Jeremy Begbie, Duke University
Guite is a serious and substantive critic, and there is more about Coleridge's greatest poem here than in any work published in the last quarter-century. I imagine that this book may become a classic of Christian spirituality, a text for retreats, and, if it does, it will help resurrect Coleridge's own reputation in that regard.―The Tablet
Forcefully and convincingly argued.―The Telegraph
An illuminating close reading of the poem, relating it at every point to the subsequent course of Coleridge's life, he shows us why it remains so important for our culture.―The Church Times
Alongside impressive close readings of the text... a fully rounded Coleridge emerges from these pages.―The Catholic Herald
A profound exploration of the human condition...Guite also draws out the continuing relevance of Coleridge's life and writing to our own time.―Transpositions
This is a superior life of Coleridge ... Guite has complete mastery of the primary and secondary literature [and] masterfully interweaves sections from the Mariner with episodes from Coleridge's unfolding life to both enhance our appreciation of Coleridge's poetic powers and to bring us up to speed on all that is known of his later life.―The Heythrop Journal
an impressive piece of academic work: lengthy, scholarly, well-written and enjoyable―Progressive Voices
Guite takes me to a depth I have not been before; I thank him for it, and I am exhilarated... Guite's masterful textual analysis is fascinating... Guite's own engagement with Coleridge is not only sympathetic and incisive, it is infectious.―Temenos Academy Review
This book - which is full of judiciously chosen quotations from Coleridge's mesmerising letters and notebooks - is a splendid celebration of the grizzled figure who 'stoppeth one of three' and the tragic artist who created him.―The Times
About the Author
Malcolm Guite, a poet, theologian, and song-writer, is the Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge where he also teaches for the Divinity Faculty. He lectures widely in England and North America on theology and literature. He has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism, and worked as a librettist. He is married with two children. Living in Cambridge allows him to indulge his passions for old books, old pubs and live music. He also enjoys sailing, walking, and all the varieties of the English countryside and weather.
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What a full and compelling account of "The Ancient Mariner" and the dramatic and inspiring life of the author Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Poem, so prophetic of the author's life, so tragic and redemptive.
A true wake up call for our lives and culture today. And at the same time a comfort that we are not beyond the love of God and we are not alone in our struggles.
Thank you Malcolm