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Poems and Prose : Penguin Classics - Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems and Prose

Penguin Classics


Published: 31st January 1974
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his 'creative violence' and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian.

On entering the Society of Jesus at the age of twenty-four, he burnt all his poetry and 'resolved to write no more, as not belonging to my profession, unless by the wishes of my superiors'. The poems, letters and journal entries selected for this edition were written in the following twenty years of his life, and published posthumously in 1918. His verse is wrought from the creative tensions and paradoxes of a poet-priest who wanted to evoke the spiritual essence of nature sensuously, and to communicate this revelation in natural language and speech-rhythms while using condensed, innovative diction and all the skills of poetic artifice. Intense, vital, individual, his writing is the 'terrible crystal' through which the soul, the inscape, the nature of things, may be illuminated.

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.

Note on the Author and Editor
Chronology of Hopkins's Life and Times
The Escorialp. 3
Winter with the Gulf Streamp. 7
Spring and Deathp. 8
New Readingsp. 9
Heaven-Havenp. 9
'I must hunt down the prize'p. 10
'Why should their foolish bands, their hopeless hearses'p. 10
'It was a hard thing to undo this knot'p. 10
'Miss Story's character! too much you ask'p. 11
Iop. 12
To Oxfordp. 13
The Alchemist in the Cityp. 14
To Oxfordp. 15
'Myself unholy, from myself unholy'p. 16
'See how Spring opens with disabling cold'p. 16
'My prayers must meet a brazen heaven'p. 17
Shaksperep. 17
'Let me be to Thee as the circling bird'p. 18
The Half-way Housep. 18
A Complaintp. 19
'Moonless darkness stands between'p. 20
'The earth and heaven, so little known'p. 20
'The stars were packed so close that night'p. 21
The Nightingalep. 22
The Habit of Perfectionp. 23
Nondump. 24
Lines for a Picture of St. Dorotheap. 26
Horace: Persicos odi, puer, apparatusp. 27
Horace: Odi profanum volgus et arceop. 28
The Elopementp. 29
The Wreck of the Deutschlandp. 31
Moonrisep. 40
The Silver Jubileep. 41
The Woodlarkp. 41
Penmaen Poolp. 43
God's Grandeurp. 44
The Starlight Nightp. 45
Springp. 45
In the Valley of the Elwyp. 46
The Sea and the Skylarkp. 46
The Windhoverp. 47
Pied Beautyp. 48
Hurrahing in Harvestp. 48
The Caged Skylarkp. 49
The Lantern out of Doorsp. 49
The Loss of the Eurydicep. 50
The May Magnificatp. 53
'Denis, whose motionable, alert, most vaulting wit'p. 55
'The furl of fresh-leaved dogrose down'p. 55
'He might be slow and something feckless first'p. 56
'What being in rank-old nature should earlier have that breath been'p. 56
Binsey Poplarsp. 57
Duns Scotus's Oxfordp. 58
Henry Purcellp. 58
'Repeat that, repeat'p. 59
The Candle Indoorsp. 60
The Handsome Heartp. 60
'How all's to one thing wrought!'p. 61
Cheery Beggarp. 62
The Bugler's First Communionp. 62
Morning, Midday, and Evening Sacrificep. 64
Andromedap. 65
Peacep. 65
At the Wedding Marchp. 66
Felix Randalp. 67
Brothersp. 67
Spring and Fallp. 69
Inversnaidp. 69
'As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame'p. 70
Ribblesdalep. 70
A Trio of Trioletsp. 71
The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echop. 72
from St. Winefred's Wellp. 74
The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathep. 80
'The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less'p. 83
'Not of all my eyes see, wandering on the world'p. 84
'To seem the stranger lies my lot, my life'p. 84
'I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day'p. 85
'Strike, churl; hurl, cheerless wind, then'p. 86
'No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief'p. 86
To what serves Mortal Beauty?p. 87
'Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee'p. 87
'Yes. Why do we all, seeing of a soldier, bless him?'p. 88
'Thee, God, I come from, to thee go'p. 89
'Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray'p. 89
'My own heart let me more have pity on'p. 90
To his Watchp. 91
Spelt from Sibyl's Leavesp. 91
On the Portrait of Two Beautiful Young Peoplep. 92
Harry Ploughmanp. 93
Tom's Garlandp. 94
Epithalamionp. 95
'The sea took pity: it interposed with doom'p. 97
That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrectionp. 97
In honour of St. Alphonsus Rodriguezp. 98
'Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend'p. 99
'The shepherd's brow, fronting forked lightning'p. 99
To R. B.p. 100
Selected Prosep. 101
Early Diaries and Journalsp. 101
Lettersp. 129
Devotional Writingsp. 160
Modern Critical Viewsp. 185
Explanatory Notes to the Poemsp. 248
Suggestions for Further-Readingp. 313
Note on the Textp. 316
Acknowledgementsp. 317
Index of Titles and First Lines (Poetry)p. 319
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ISBN: 9780140420159
ISBN-10: 0140420150
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 31st January 1974
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1