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.


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I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail,
And a few lilies blow.

God's Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

The Alchemist In The City

My window shews the travelling clouds,
Leaves spent, new seasons, alter'd sky,
The making and the melting crowds:
The whole world passes; I stand by.

Spring And Fall: To A Young Child

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things --
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;

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11 November 2014

I am surprised you shd. say fancy and aesthetic tastes have led me to my present state of mind: these wd. be better satisfied in the Church of England, for bad taste is always meeting one in the accessories of Catholicism.

11 November 2014

I find myself both as man and as myself something more determined and distinctive, at pitch, more distinctive and higher pitched than anything else I see.

11 November 2014

It seems then that it is not the excellence of any two things (or more) in themselves, but those two things as viewed by the light of each other, that makes beauty.

11 November 2014

For myself I make no secret, I look forward with eager desire to seeing the matchless beauty of Christ's body in the heavenly light.

11 November 2014

I consider my selfbeing ... that taste of myself, of I and me above and in all things, which is more distinctive than the taste of ale or alum, more distinctive than the smell of walnutleaf or camphor, and is incommunicable by any means to another man.


Kumarmani Mahakul 28 October 2020

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, who is ranked #176 on top 500 poets on date 28 October 2020, are truly nice gems treasured with time. With high vales and essence his philosophic and social poems dazzle. Just I have read his poem, 'Wedding March, ' and found immense pleasure. God's greatest grace has fallen on him.

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Jan Brown 30 July 2020

I am trying to remember a poem by Hopkins that uses the metaphor of flowing water being forced to rise higher as it goes between two cliffs, i.e., difficulties producing character. Can anyone supply the name of this poem?

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Peter Lathan 10 April 2020

" what is name of poem that begins: " The World is charged with the grandeur of God....." It's " God's Grandeur" !

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delene evert 19 January 2020

what is name of poem that begins: " The World is charged with the grandeur of God.....

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Lucille 09 May 2018

very individual work

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Jolyon Laycock 01 May 2018

Poem Hunter present a fine selection of Hopkins' work but there are notable omissions: Harry Ploughman, and That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire

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Frederick Kesner 07 March 2018

Good to be reading and reacquainting with GM again!

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Rosella Decker 21 May 2013

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.

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Sarthak Das 01 April 2012

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

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