Gerard Manley Hopkins (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 / Stratford, Essex)
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
- At the Wedding-March
- Barnfloor and Winepress
- Binsey Poplars
- Carrion Comfort
- Cheery Beggar
- Duns Scotus's Oxford
- Easter Communion
- Felix Randal
- For a Picture of St. Dorothea
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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 doGerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, st. 2 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
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...
My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Binsey Poplars, st. 1 (written 1879), published in Poems (1918).
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and following folded rank
''When we hew or delve:Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Binsey Poplars, Felled 1879 (l. 18-19). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986)...
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.''