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Whether a 'believer' or not, these poems illuminate the ground where human existence encounters Divine Love. That ground may be rocky and tearstained: Malcolm Guite's work therefore approaches it with compassion and forensic assessment. The sonnet form for the poems is a method of pain-management, making the unbearable bearable enough to be examined and reflected upon. All this might sound too elevated to be attractive: instead, the craftsmanship of George Herbert meets the radicalism of Wordsworth. These poems are acceptable to all intellects, and can move all hearts.
Why do I make such a claim? Well, I heard a section of them performed in a large public venue recently: grown… Read more