Gerard Manley Hopkins

Oxford University Press, 1995 - 262 páginas
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Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in 1844 at Stratford in Essex. After attending Highgate School, he entered Balliol College, Oxford, as an exhibitioner in 1863. Drawn into the religious controversy still active there, he was converted to Catholicism and upon graduation took a post as teacher in Newman's school, the Oratory, near Birmingham. The following year he decided to enter the Society of Jesus and burned copies of the poems he had written in symbolic dedication of himself to his new vocation. Two largely enjoyable years at the novitiate in London were followed by three spent in further study amidst the bleaker beauty of Lancashire. It was some years later, while Hopkins was studying theology in Wales, that he returned to poetic composition, writing in less than two years 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' and more than a dozen good short poems. Between the end of his study of theology in 1877 and the respite of his tertianship in 1881 he held seven different posts up and down the country from London and Oxford to Liverpool and Glasgow. The final five years of his life were spent in Ireland as Professor of Greek and Latin Literature in the newly formed Catholic University College, Dublin. Here he was beset by overwork, distress at Irish hatred of England, and most of all, despite writing a number of poems now considered among his very best, by the growing conviction that he could not accomplish any literary work of recognized value. He died of typhoid in June 1889.

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I've really only read a few poems in here, and those, over and over. God's Grandeur, The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord, Pied Beauty, Spring and Fall: To a Young Child -- all written roughly during the ... Leer comentario completo


The Escorial I
Winter with the Gulf Stream
Glimmerd along the squarecut steep
am minded to take pipe in hand
The Queens Crowning
Myself unholy from myself unholy
Hurrahing in Harvest
Henry Purcell
Morning Midday and Evening Sacrifice
To seem the stranger lies my lot my life
Spelt from Sibyls Leaves
That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of

Oratio Patris Condren
Authors Preface
The Silver Jubilee
Hope holds to Christ the minds own mirror out
What shall I do for the land that bred me
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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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