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Poetry and Spirituality | Professor Lance Butler

24 January.4:30 pm-6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Sunday, happening 10 times

Lance Butler leads a poetry and spirituality workshop at the sir arthur conan doyle centre
Lance Butler leads a poetry and spirituality workshop at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

Spirituality Workshop


Poetry & Spirituality


Sundays. 10 Weeks Starting 24/01/2021. 4:30pm until 6:00pm. £50 for 10 weeks.


Consider the Harmonious Relationship Between Poetry and Spirituality

There seems to be a natural affinity between poetry and the spiritual. It is as if only the alchemy of verse can deal adequately with the opacities and transparencies of spiritual insight.

We will study a number of English poems each week to see how they handle the divine, the ineffable and our human interactions with those higher dimensions, as well as with nature and culture, in an effort to show their hidden sides.

Poets will include: T.S.Eliot, R.S.Thomas, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Kathleen Raine, George Herbert, John Donne, William Wordsworth.

This is a ten-week course, running from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm on SUNDAYS from Sunday 24th January to Sunday 28th March inclusive, on ZOOM.

Price: £50 for the ten weeks.

To allow for discussion the numbers taking the course may be limited.

What to Expect on this Workshop


The chosen poems will be sent to you each week in an e-mail with the Zoom link code which will enable you to access the course. You will get them a few days before the relevant Sunday.

Lance will start each session with a reading of the poems in question and will then make some proposals as to their context, structure and meaning. You will be able to react with questions and comments which, it is hoped, will help deepen the knowledge of the group.

No previous study of poetry is necessary; the intention is to bring out of the poems elements of spiritual illumination that are of interest to all of us. But it will be good if you can read the poems at least once in advance of the meeting.


Professor Lance Butler presents a Tuesday Talk about mysticism and spirituality at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

About Lance Butler

Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Professor Lance Butler taught literature, literary theory and stylistics at the Universities of Stirling in the UK, and Pau in France before retiring to Edinburgh recently. He is the author of books on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy, on Thomas Hardy, on the Victorian Loss of Faith and on Stylistics.

Since discovering the Scientific and Medical Network in the 1980s he has been researching the question of ‘life after death’ and what is known about the possibility of the Survival of Consciousness beyond our final moments.



Purchase Tickets

Purchase either a single session below. Once your purchase has been completed, you will receive an email from us. Read this email carefully as it contains the information required to join the ZOOM session. Look for text that starts, ‘YOUR ZOOM LINK:’ within the email. If you have any issues, please contact us during office hours.


Poetry and Spirituality Full Course (With Access to Previous Class Recordings)



24 January
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700

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