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

Gerard Manley Hopkins
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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.


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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  • ''As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. As Kingfishers Catch Fire (l. 1). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxfor...
  • O if we but knew what we do
    When we delve or hew—
    Hack and rack the growing green!
    Since country is so tender
    To touch, her being so slender,
    That, like this sl...
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, st. 2 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
  • My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
    Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
    All felled, felled, are all felled;
    Of a fresh and following folded rank
    Not spared...
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, st. 1 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
  • ''When we hew or delve:
    After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Binsey Poplars, Felled 1879 (l. 18-19). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986)...
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  • 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.

  • Sarthak Das (4/1/2012 9:13:00 AM)

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

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