French essayist and poet Michel Deguy will address the 2016 King's College graduates. Deguy, born in 1930 Paris, prefers the term 'writer of poems' to poet. His work centrally considers “that strange contradictory object, constituted in language yet separate from linguistic assemblies, enunciation, discursiveness, diction, inscription [...].” He thinks of a poem as part of a system – in dialogue with works outside of poetry's formal limits. Deguy translates Heidegger, Dante and many other notable figures.
The service is followed by a class photograph taken on the steps of the library, and a procession to the Cathedral Church of All Saints for the Encaenia.