Who is Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame placed him among leading Victorian poets. His prosody – notably his concept of sprung rhythm – established him as an innovator, as did his praise of God through vivid use of imagery and nature. Only after his death did Robert Bridges publish a few of Hopkins's mature poems in anthologies, hoping to prepare for wider acceptance of his style. By 1930 Hopkins's work was seen as one of the most original literary advances of his century. It intrigued such leading 20th-century poets as T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis.

Early life and family

Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford, Essex (now in Greater Londo...
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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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Amouthfulofair: ‘in henry v the dauphin describes his horse as ‘le cheval volant’, the flying horse, and compares himself to a hawk, riding the air. and hopkins is returning the favour, comparing the hawk to the dauphin.’ listen to the episode:
Lareviewofbooks: "mccarthy’s mastery of the gear, tackle, and trade of human pursuits (as gerard manley hopkins called it) recalls, for me, the commanding precision of melville." peggy r. ellsberg reviews cormac mccarthy’s “the passenger.”
Skepticalhusky: i first read gerard manley hopkins when i was 18; i think i’m just beginning to understand him.
Ozzykin57794201: favorite poem 3: spring and fall by gerard manley hopkins
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