The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins

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

Book - 2017
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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 died of typhoid fever at age forty-four, he considered his life a failure. He never would have suspected that his poems, which would not be published for another twenty-nine years, would eventually change the course of modern poetry and influence such poets as W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Geoffrey Hill, and Seamus Heaney. Like his contemporaries Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Hopkins revolutionized poetic language.

And yet we love Hopkins not only for his literary genius but for the hard-won faith that finds expression in his verse. Who else has captured the thunderous voice of God and the grandeur of his creation on the written page as Hopkins has? Seamlessly weaving together selections from Hopkins's poems, letters, journals, and sermons, Peggy Ellsberg lets the poet tell the story of a life-long struggle with faith that gave birth to some of the best poetry of all time. Even readers who spurn religious language will find in Hopkins a refreshing, liberating way to see God's hand at work in the world.
Publisher: Walden, New York : Plough Publishing House, 2017
ISBN: 9780874868227 (pbk.)
087486822X (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 828.809 HOP
Characteristics: xiii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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" Hopkins constantly reminds his readers that the earth is the body of God. In his nature sonnets, the sensuous poet collides with the religious master, usually in the first eight lines, and the religious master is then released to spend the six final lines rhapsodizing about God." " Nature thus is not merely sweet, not merely a useful companion to our ' emotions recollected in tranquility,' but the tangible proof of a system yearning only for a human consciousness to complete its electrical circuit."


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