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Title:
Gerard Manley Hopkins : the major works
Author:
Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889.
Edition:
Oxford world's classic paperback edition, revised.
Publication Information:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.

©1986
Physical Description:
xlii, 429 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780192840790
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together all Hopkins's poetry and a generous selection of his prose writings to give the essence of his work and thinking.Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) was one of the most innovative of nineteenth-century poets. During his tragically short life he strove to reconcile his religious and artistic vocations, and this edition demonstrates the range of his interests. It includes all his poetry, from best-known workssuch as 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' and ''The Windhover' to translations, foreign language poems, plays, and verse fragments, and the recently discovered poem 'Consule Jones'. In addition there are excerpts from Hopkins's journals, letters, and spiritual writings. The poems are printed inchronological order to show Hopkins's changing preoccupations, and all the texts have been established from original manuscripts.


Author Notes

Gerard M. Hopkins was born on July 28, 1844 in England, into a large and talented family. He attended Oxford, and entered the Jesuits in 1868. He later studied theology and, after destroying much of his youthful poetry, took up writing. In 1877, Hopkins was ordained as a priest. He was assigned to several churches and continued to write poetry, none of which was published until after his death.

Hopkins's poems are noted for their intricate rhythm, which he labeled sprung rhythm. The poems are exemplified by their clever puns, wordplay and imaginative phrasing. His works include several series of sonnets, such as Pied Beauty and The Windhover, as well as "terrible" sonnets that explore the conflict between his sexual longing and his devotion to God.

Gerard M. Hopkins died of typhoid fever on June 8, 1889, in Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography)