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The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins

Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings

The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins( )
Author: Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Editor: Ellsberg, Margaret R.
Foreword by: Gioia, Dana
Series title:The Gospel in Great Writers Ser.
ISBN:978-0-87486-822-7
Publication Date:Apr 2017
Publisher:Plough Publishing House
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $32.99
Book Description:

How did a Catholic priest who died a failure become one of the world's greatest poets? Discover in his own words the struggle for faith that gave birth to some of the best spiritual poetry of all time. Gerard Manley Hopkins deserves his place among the greatest poets in the English language. He ranks seventh among the most frequently reprinted English-language poets, surpassed only by Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Dickinson, Yeats, and Wordsworth. Yet when the English Jesuit priest...
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Book Details
Pages:268
Detailed Subjects: Religion / Christianity / Literature & The Arts
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):14 x 20.3 cm
Author Biography
Hopkins, Gerard Manley (Author)
Gerard M. Hopkins was born on July 28, 1844 in England, into a large and talented family. He attended Oxford, and entered the Jesuits in 1868. He later studied theology and, after destroying much of his youthful poetry, took up writing. In 1877, Hopkins was ordained as a priest. He was assigned to several churches and continued to write poetry, none of which was published until after his death.

Hopkins's poems are noted for their intricate rhythm, which he labeled sprung rhythm. The poems are exemplified by their clever puns, wordplay and imaginative phrasing. His works include several series of sonnets, such as Pied Beauty and The Windhover, as well as "terrible" sonnets that explore the conflict between his sexual longing and his devotion to God.

Gerard M. Hopkins died of typhoid fever on June 8, 1889, in Ireland.

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