Gerard Manley Hopkins

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

Spelt From Sibyl's Leaves - Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Earnest, earthless, equal, attuneable, ' vaulty, voluminous, … stupendous
Evening strains to be tíme’s vást, ' womb-of-all, home-of-all, hearse-of-all night.
Her fond yellow hornlight wound to the west, ' her wild hollow hoarlight hung to the height
Waste; her earliest stars, earl-stars, ' stárs principal, overbend us,
Fíre-féaturing heaven. For earth ' her being has unbound, her dapple is at an end, as-
tray or aswarm, all throughther, in throngs; ' self ín self steedèd and páshed—qúite
Disremembering, dísmémbering ' áll now. Heart, you round me right
With: Óur évening is over us; óur night ' whélms, whélms, ánd will end us.
Only the beak-leaved boughs dragonish ' damask the tool-smooth bleak light; black,
Ever so black on it. Óur tale, O óur oracle! ' Lét life, wáned, ah lét life wind
Off hér once skéined stained véined variety ' upon, áll on twó spools; párt, pen, páck
Now her áll in twó flocks, twó folds—black, white; ' right, wrong; reckon but, reck but, mind
But thése two; wáre of a wórld where bút these ' twó tell, each off the óther; of a rack
Where, selfwrung, selfstrung, sheathe- and shelterless, ' thóughts agaínst thoughts ín groans grínd.


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  • Susan Williams (10/1/2015 1:00:00 PM)


    Talk about surround sound! I never thought to see such an innovative poet come out of the 1800's. I wonder what his readers thought of him back then. Look at all the words that spill forth, all that language taken to the extreme edge! He is like a garden gone wild, profuse, excessive. But it is not flowery, this piece is cutting deep (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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