Feasting on Poetry: Lessons Learned on Reading, from C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle

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71299-_1Today, readers, we are very pleased to bring you a special guest post by Megan Von Bergen. Professor Von Bergen brings up some very interesting issues about teaching students how to read poetically. Take and read!


I teach writing and literature at a small Bible college in the Midwest. Because my students all profess a faith in Christ, I usually select course readings based on what I feel will encourage and challenge them in that faith.

Every spring, I ask my students in Introduction to Literature to read C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce. Every spring, my students ask me whether they should take Lewis’s depiction of Heaven and Hell at face value. I want them to know what Lewis says about how we approach God in this life. All they want to know are the specifics of his eschatology.

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