Mariner by Malcolm Guite


Malcolm Guite


I am greatly honoured that the Literary Life Book Club have chosen my book Mariner for their summer read.  This is to wish you all ‘Bon voyage’ on your journey with STC. I will be on board too and look forward to seeing and responding to your comments.

This book was really a labour of love, but also, for me, a voyage of discovery. I had known and loved Coleridge’s poetry since my mother used to recite it to me when I was a child, and I renewed my passion for it when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge, but it was only many years later, as I began to work on my book ‘Faith Hope and Poetry’, that I realised that Coleridge had done so much to defend the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty, and more than that, that he had grounded his understanding of the imagination deep in the Love of God, and specifically in the understanding of Christ as the Logos, the Word in whole, through whom, by whom, we have all been spoken into being and by whom we are all redeemed. I determined that one day I would write a whole book on Coleridge and when I did I discovered that he was a great Christian thinker, and yet in almost every secular account of him his Christianity had simply been airbrushed out of the picture. I was determined to restore what was missing and help us see him again, as he would have wished, as a fellow Christian, a redeemed sinner like the rest of us, whose courage and thoughtfulness has left us with a treasure trove of wisdom.

We will be voyaging together into some deep and dark waters but also into places of transcendent beauty and we will return home, I hope, as Coleridge did, transfigured and renewed.

Bon Voyage!

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John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.



Malcolm Guite is poet-priest and Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, but he often travels round Great Britain, and to North America, to give lectures, concerts and poetry readings.  For more details of these and other engagements go to his Events Page. You can read more about him on this Interviews Page

He is the author of numerous books including

Parable and Paradox: Sonnets on the Sayings of Jesus and Other PoemsCanterbury Press 2016

Waiting on the Word; a poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Canterbury Press 2015

The Singing Bowl Canterbury Press 2013

Sounding the Seasons Canterbury Press 2012

Faith Hope and Poetry  Ashgate  2010 and 2012.

What Do Christians Believe?  Granta 2006

Photo courtesy of Lancia Smith.