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Wed 12 Dec 2018 @ 13:13
Christmas around the world - we look at the stories behind some popular hymns and #ChristmasCarols… https://t.co/YOSuLkQ673
Author(s): Malcolm Guite
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Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation in which the waiting itself is strangely rich and fulfilling. Poetry can help us fathom the depths of Advent's many paradoxes: dark and light, emptiness and fulfilment, ancient and ever new.
For every day from Advent Sunday to Christmas Day and beyond, the bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favourite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it. In the spirit of the season, he blends the familiar and the new, ranging from from spiritual classics such as Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert and Christina Rossetti, to contemporary voices Luci Shaw and Scott Cairns. His own acclaimed sequence of sonnets for the great Advent antiphons are also included.
Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. A performance poet and singer/songwriter, he lectures widely on poetry and theology in Britain and the US and has a large following on his website, www.malcolmguite.wordpress.com.
Really good - thought provoking & spiritually helpful. I look forward to each day's reading.
Having book this book last year for myself, I have now bought a copy for my daughter and a close friend. To journey through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany with Malcolm Guite’s book was a joy. The poems chosen and the reflective thoughts which he opens up for the reader really helped me to focus on Christ during this period in a completely different and meaningful way. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different experience of Advent to the rushing about and materialistic clamouring of the season. It’s a chance to pause and reflect in the company of poets past and present and enjoy the thoughts of a great scholar.