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Gerard Manley Hopkins

(28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 / Stratford, Essex)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His experimental explorations in prosody and his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse.

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Early life and family

Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford, Essex,as the first of nine children to Manley and Catherine (Smith) Hopkins. His father founded a marine insurance firm and, at one time, was the British consul general in Hawaii. He was also, for a time, the church warden at St John-at-Hampstead and a published writer ... more »

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  • ''A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 13, 1886, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed....
  • ''The Indian gods are imposing, the Greek gods are not. Indeed they are not brave, not self-controlled, they have no manners, they are not gentlemen and ladies.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 23, 1886, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed....
  • ''I always knew in my heart Walt Whitman's mind to be more like my own than any other man's living. As he is a very great scoundrel this is not a pleasant confession.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 18, 1882, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed....
  • I hold with the old-fashioned criticism that Browning is not really a poet, that he has all the gifts but the one needful and the pearls without the string; rather one should say raw nuggets and rough...
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 17, 1881, to Richard Watson Dixon. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letter...
  • ''It kills me to be time's eunuch and never to beget.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Sept. 1, 1885, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed....
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  • Rookie Rosella Decker (5/21/2013 7:05:00 AM)

    I just was watching an episode of The Waltons and John Boy read a poem to his mother, it was one of Gerard Manley Hopkin's poems.

  • Rookie Sarthak Das (4/1/2012 9:13:00 AM)

    hmmm...............nice 1 :)

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