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English Poet Hopkins

HOPKINS: Gerard Manley (Jesuit Priest) 1844 – 1889

Born: 28 July 1844, Stratford, United Kingdom
Died: 8 June 1889, Dublin, Republic of Ireland


On entering the priesthood, Hopkins destroyed all the poems he had written to date. The event which triggered his re-emergence was the wreckage of a ship during a storm on the Thames wherein a number of nuns were drowned. His poems were only published posthumously. Hopkins developed new rhythmic effects and introduced possibilities of language variations which greatly influenced the styles of the likes of W H Auden and Dylan Thomas,


“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.”
“The poetical language of an age should be the current language heightened.”

Selected Bibliography
Hopkins wrote over 70 poems

POETRY (* Famous poems)

* Pied Beauty: Glory be to God for dappled things — For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow;
* As Kingfishers Catch Fire: As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
* The Alchemist in the City: My window shews the travelling clouds, Leaves spent, new seasons, alter’d sky
* God’s Grandeur : The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
* The Starlight Night: Look at the stars! look, look up at the skies! O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!