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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  • Beineckelibrary: look at the stars! look, look up at the skies! o look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air! the bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there! the starlight night / gerard manley hopkins ; illustrated by frederic prokosch.
  • Beineckelibrary: 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; pied beauty / gerard manley hopkins ; illustrated by frederic prokosch.
  • Kulambq: 'o the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. hold them cheap may who ne'er hung there.' ~ gerard manley hopkins
  • Marcie_hatter: i loved the poetry we did at gcse and got a lot out of reading it (thanks, mr. hoather) but it wasn’t until i did a level english and we studied gerard manley hopkins’ god’s grandeur that i thought, ohhhhhhh this is what all the fuss is about; this stuff *speaks to you*.
  • Thelightcollege: 'nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush...' - gerard manley hopkins (spring)
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Vain Hope
 by Ernest Dowson

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
Though all the summer skies be overcast,
Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
And none gainsay!


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