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Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics)

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The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, grand purveyor of sprung rhythm (a complex poetic rhythm based on the patterns of speech natural to Welsh and Old English), are poems that beg to be read aloud. Strange diction, fervent sound-play, and an inimitable power to follow nature with a turning, unrelenting, articulate eye — these are the wonders Hopkins offers in his work. I first came to Hopkins by way of a teacher who lent his copy to help me diffuse a writing block; he told me to pay equal attention to both the poems and prose. This collection handily brings together his poems and excerpts from journals and letters. Hopkins's mastery of fine description — of the natural world in particular — makes all too clear why Hopkins is proper antidote to those despondent spells that can nettle the blocked writer.
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The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins are poems that beg to be read aloud. Strange diction, fervent sound-play, and an inimitable power to follow nature with a turning, unrelenting, articulate eye are the wonders of Hopkins's work.
Recommended by the Humanities Team, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Hopkins's poetry, most of it published posthumously, is remarkable for the lively inventiveness of its language. Hopkins made use of ancient poetic devices (from, for example, Anglo-Saxon and Welsh poetry). He employed common words in uncommon ways and coined new words as they suited his purposes. He used dialect, musical devices, elaborate alliteration, and convoluted word order. These techniques resulted in a powerful poetry like no one else's. Of his own work, Hopkins wrote to his friend, the poet Robert Bridges, "No doubt my poetry errs on the side of oddness....[I]t is the vice of distinctiveness to become queer. This vice I cannot have escaped." His singularity also extended to rhythm: Hopkins was interested in developing his own peculiar rhythmic patterns, which he said was "the native and natural rhythm of speech" and termed "sprung rhythm" — a rhythm that was freed from the constricting techniques of standard poetic rhythms, achieving instead a looser, more musical effect that was ahead of its time in the Victorian era, looking forward to more modern 20th-century verse like that of W. H. Auden, who was strongly influenced by Hopkins.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]) and index.

About the Author

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) was born in Essex, the eldest son of a prosperous middle-class family. He was educated at Highgate School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics and began his lifelong friendship with Robert Bridges. In 1866 he entered the Roman Catholic Church and two years later he became a member of the Society of Jesus. In 1877 he was ordained and was priest in a number of parishes including a slum district in Liverpool. From 1882 to 1884 he taught at Stonyhurst College and in 1884 he became Classics Professor at University College, Dublin. In his lifetime Hopkins was hardly known as a poet, except to one or two friends; his poems were not published until 1918, in a volume edited by Robert Bridges.

Table of Contents

Poems and Prose Introduction

Note to Tenth Impression

SECTION A - POETRY

Four Early Poems (1865-1866)

1. The Alchemist in the City

2. "Let me be to Thee as the circling bird"

3. Heaven-Haven

4. The Habit of Perfection

Poems (1876-1889)

Author's Preface (with explanatory notes by the Editor)

5. The Wreck of the Deutschland

6. Penmaen Pool

7. The Silver Jubilee

8. God's Grandeur

9. The Starlight Night

10. Spring

11. The Lantern out of Doors

12. The Sea and the Skylark

13. The Windhover

14. Pied Beauty

15. Hurrahing in Harvest

16. The Caged Skylark

17. In the Valley of the Elwy

18. The Loss of the Eurydice

19. The May Magnificat

20. Binsey Poplars

21. Duns Scotus's Oxford

22. Henry Purcell

23. Peace

24. The Bugler's First Communion

25. Morning, Midday, and Evening Sacrifice

26. Andromeda

27. The Candle Indoors

28. The Handsome Heart

29. At the Wedding March

30. Felix Randal

31. Brothers

32. Spring and Fall

33. Inversnaid

34. "As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame"

35. Ribblesdale

36. The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo

37. The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

38. To what serves Mortal Beauty?

39. Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves

40. (The Soldier)

41. (Carrion Comfort)

42. "No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief"

43. "To seem the stranger lies my lot, my life"

44. "I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day"

45. "Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray"

46. "My own heart let me more have pity one; let"

47. Tom's Garland

48. Harry Ploughman

49. That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection

50. St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

51. "Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend"

52. "The shepherd's brow, fronting forked lightning, owns"

53. To R. B.

Some Unfinished Poems and Fragments (1876-1889)

54. Moonrise

55. The Woodlark

56. Cheery Beggar

57. "The furl of fresh-leaved dogrose down"

58. St. Winefred's Well

59. (Margaret Clitheroe)

60. "Repeat that, repeat"

61. On a Piece of Music

62. Ash-boughs

63. "Thee, God, I come from, to thee go"

64. On the Portrait of Two Beautiful Young People

65. Epithalamion

SECTION B - PROSE

From Note-Books, Journal, Etc.

Early Diary (1863-1864)

From "On the Origin of Beauty: A Platonic Dialogue" (1865)

From the Journal (1866-1875)

Sermon: on Luke ii. 33 (Nov. 23, 1879)

From "The Principle or Foundation: An address, etc."

From "Comments on The Spiritual Exercises"

Selected Letters

I. To C.N. Luxmoore (May 7, 1862)

II. To A.W.M. Bailie (Sept. 10, 1864)

III. To E.H. Coleridge (Jan. 22, 1866)

IV. To Rev. Dr. J.H. Newman (Aug. 28, 1866)

V. do. (Oct. 15, 1866)

VI. To his father (Oct. 16 [1866])

VII. To A.W.M. Bailie (Feb. 12, 1868)

VIII. To Miss Kate Hopkins (April 25, 1871)

IX. To Robert Bridges (Aug. 2, 1871)

X. To his mother (March 5, 1872)

XI. To his father (Aug. 29, 1874)

XII. To Robert Bridges (Feb. 20, 1875)

XIII. do. (May 13, 1878)

XIV. To R.W. Dixon (June 4, 1878)

XV. do. (June 13, 1878)

XVI. do. (Oct. 5, 1878)

XVII. do. (Oct. 24, 1879)

XVIII. do. (Oct. 31, 1879)

XIX. To A.W.M. Bailie (May 22, 1880)

XX. To R.W. Dixon (Dec. 1, 1881)

XXI. To Robert Bridges (Feb. 3, 1883)

XXII. To Robert Bridges (Nov. 11, 1884)

XXIII. do. (May 17, 1885)

XXIV. To Coventry Patmore (June 4, 1886)

XXV. do. (May 20, 1888)

XXVI. To Robert Bridges (Sept. 25, 1888)

XXVII. do. (Oct. 19, 1888)

XXVIII. To his mother (May 5, 1889)

SECTION C - EDITOR'S NOTES

(a) Notes on the Poems

(b) Additional Notes on the Prose

Short Bibliography

Index of First Lines

Index to the Prose

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140420159
Editor:
Gardner, W. H.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Gardner, W. H.
Author:
Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Author:
Gardner, W. H.
Location:
Harmondworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Poetry, modern
Subject:
Poets, English
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Poetry, Modern -- 19th century.
Subject:
Poets, English -- 19th century.
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
9453
Publication Date:
19531231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.68x5.24x.65 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, grand purveyor of sprung rhythm (a complex poetic rhythm based on the patterns of speech natural to Welsh and Old English), are poems that beg to be read aloud. Strange diction, fervent sound-play, and an inimitable power to follow nature with a turning, unrelenting, articulate eye — these are the wonders Hopkins offers in his work. I first came to Hopkins by way of a teacher who lent his copy to help me diffuse a writing block; he told me to pay equal attention to both the poems and prose. This collection handily brings together his poems and excerpts from journals and letters. Hopkins's mastery of fine description — of the natural world in particular — makes all too clear why Hopkins is proper antidote to those despondent spells that can nettle the blocked writer.

"Staff Pick" by ,

The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins are poems that beg to be read aloud. Strange diction, fervent sound-play, and an inimitable power to follow nature with a turning, unrelenting, articulate eye are the wonders of Hopkins's work.

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