Who is Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His manipulation of prosody (particularly his concept of sprung rhythm and use of imagery) established him as an innovative writer of verse. Two of his major themes were nature and religion.

Contents LifeEarly life and family Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford, Essex (now in Greater London), as the eldest of probably nine children to Manley and Catherine (Smith) Hopkins. He was christened at the Anglican church of St John's,...
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Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems

  • The Handsome Heart: At A Gracious Answer
    'But tell me, child, your choice; what shall I buy
    You?' - 'Father, what you buy me I like best.'
    With the sweetest air that said, still plied and pressed,
    He swung to his first poised purport of reply. ...
  • The Shepherd's Brow
    The shepherd's brow fronting forked lightning, owns
    The horror and the havoc and the glory
    Of it. Angels fall, they are towers, from heaven - a story
    Of just, majestical, and giant groans. ...
  • No Worst
    No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,
    More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring.
    Comforter, where, where is your comforting?
    Mary, mother of us, where is your relief? ...
  • In Honour Of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Laybrother Of The Society Of Jesus
    Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say;
    And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
    Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
    And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day. ...
  • Patience, Hard Thing!
    Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray,
    But bid for, Patience is! Patience who asks
    Wants war, wants wounds; weary his times, his tasks;
    To do without, take tosses, and obey. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Heart 40 World 34 God 34 Sweet 30 Mind 30 Life 25 Earth 22 Wind 21 Beauty 21 Long 20

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  • Encorepubs: new publication: moonless darkness by amy beach (1867-1944), a carol for satb, adapted by simon jackson from with prayer and supplication, op.8 no.2, words by gerard manley hopkins (1844-89).
  • Nickripatrazone: some of the first journal pages that gerard manley hopkins ever wrote were just him loving words.
  • Poetphilly: “thirst in a world of wet..” —a great line from gerard manley hopkins. rediscovering his amazing, small cadre of poems.
  • Nearbywild: glory be to god for dappled things – for skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; for rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough; gerard manley hopkins
  • Mcarlso47025296: ". . .[u]p above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour   of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?" gerard manley hopkins
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