Malcom Guite

Malcolm Guite

About Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite, a poet, theologian, and songwriter, 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. Mr. Guite has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism, and worked as a librettist. His books include Word in the Wilderness, Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination, and Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

“Mary Magdalene”: A Sonnet

By |2019-07-26T15:24:52-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Imagination, Poetry|

The 22nd of July is Mary Magdalene’s day, and continuing my sequence of sonnets written in response to the church year I post this for her. As usual you can hear the poem by clicking on its title or on the ‘play’ button. This sonnet is drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press [...]

A Sonnet for Ascension Day

By |2019-05-30T12:17:42-06:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Imagination, Poetry|

Here is a sonnet for Ascension Day, the glorious finale of the Easter Season. In the mystery of the Ascension we reflect on the way in which, in one sense, Christ ‘leaves’ us and is taken away into Heaven, but in another sense he is given to us and to the world in a new and [...]

A Sonnet for Saint Valentine

By |2019-03-05T15:01:22-06:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Love, Poetry|

Here is a sonnet I composed in honour of the original St. Valentine. I notice some Facebook posts implying that as an early Christian martyr he has nothing to do with Romantic Love and should be dissociated from it. I believe that on the contrary there is every reason why he should be the [...]

A Quintet of Sonnets for Mary

By |2019-03-05T14:35:22-06:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Mother of God, Poetry|

It is true that some Christians have disagreed with one another bitterly about her, but equally, in every age and every church she has been, for many Christians, a sign of hope, an example of prayer, devotion and service, and an inspiration. In a strange way, which I will write about one day, she was [...]

The Way of the Cross: Two Sonnets

By |2019-04-11T12:38:27-06:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Poetry|

IV Jesus meets His Mother This darker path into the heart of pain Was also hers whose love enfolded him In flesh and wove him in her womb. Again The sword is piercing. She, who cradled him And gentled and protected her young son Must stand and watch the cruelty that mars Her maiden making. [...]

A Sonnet for The Feast of St. John the Evangelist

By |2019-03-05T14:53:50-06:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Literature, Poetry|

Two days after Christmas, on the 27th of December, the Church keeps the feast of St. John the Evangelist. It is fitting that the Gospel writer whose prologue delves so deeply into the mystery of Incarnation, and whose words “The Word was made flesh” are read at every Christmas Eucharist, should have his feast-day within [...]

“O Virgo Virginum”: A New Sonnet Set and Sung

By |2019-11-19T14:08:29-06:00December 24th, 2017|Categories: Mother of God, Music, Poetry|

Last year I was asked by the Precentor of Wells Cathedral if I would write an extra 8th Antiphon sonnet to go with the special 8th O antiphon, O Virgo Virginum, which was used in English churches and Cathedrals in the middle ages, as distinct from the usual seven on the continent. He explained that the Cathedral was [...]

“Transfiguration”

By |2019-08-06T08:26:50-06:00August 6th, 2017|Categories: Poetry|

Continuing my series of sonnets ‘Sounding the Seasons’ of the Church’s year, here is a sonnet for the feast of the transfiguration. The Transfiguration is usually celebrated on August 6th, but sometimes on the Sunday nearest, and sometimes in mid-Lent, which is a good time for it, as I believe the glimpse of glory in Christ [...]

A Sonnet for St. Benedict

By |2019-07-03T14:43:10-06:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Poetry, St. Benedict|

On July the 11th the Church celebrates the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the gentle founder of the Benedictine order and by extension the father of Monasticism. A moderate and modest man he would have been astonished to learn that his ‘simple school for prayer, ’his ‘modest rule for beginners’ led to the foundation of communities [...]

A Sonnet for Petertide

By |2019-03-05T14:57:10-06:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Poetry|

The 29th of June is St. Peter’s day, when we remember the disciple who, for all his many mistakes, knew how to recover and hold on, who, for all his waverings, was called by Jesus "the rock," and who learned the threefold lesson that every betrayal can ultimately be restored by love. It is fitting [...]

A Sonnet for Trinity Sunday

By |2019-03-05T14:46:02-06:00June 11th, 2017|Categories: Christianity|

Continuing my cycle of sonnets for the Church year below is one for Trinity Sunday. By coming to us as the Son, revealing to us the Father, and sending to us the Spirit, Jesus revealed the deepest mystery; that God is not distant and alone, but is three in one, a communion of love who comes [...]

Columba and My Calling

By |2019-03-05T14:58:09-06:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Poetry|

June the 9th is Saint Columba’s day, a saint who has a special place for me, as somehow, he feels bound up in my own journey to Faith. When I was 19, and moving from atheism, towards a greater spiritual openness, but by no means yet a Christian, I went for a long slow [...]