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Poems of Gerard Manly Hopkins

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Relatively unknown in his own lifetime, Gerard Manly Hopkins is now accredited as the author of some of the finest and most complex poems in the English language. As a Victorian poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit Priest, Hopkins pioneered a revolutionary form of meter he termed "sprung rhythm" in his first major work, "The Wreck of the Deutschland." This poem, like m ...more
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Published 2010 by Digireads.com (first published January 1st 1948)
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Sem
Jan 03, 2016 Sem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
136 years on and still one of the best poems ever.

Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was
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Alexis Hall
Definitely my favourite repressed Catholic homosexual.

Bring it Gerry.

Seriously, GMH is the fucking king of the long dark night of the soul.

His beautiful poems are stunning, but I love his misery more. Carrion Comfort is ... just perfect. It's shocking to see the extraordinary music of something like Pied Beauty twisted into this wail of grief and fear.

NOT, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist—slack they may be—these last strands of man
In me ór, most weary, cry I ca
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Hayley
Oct 08, 2012 Hayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best
Gwern
May 31, 2016 Gwern rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(WP; Poetry Foundation biography). Hopkins is known as one of the most difficult English poets to read, and his poems bear out this reputation: they are always challenging in syntax, the vocabulary occasionally fazes even me, and some border on the incomprehensible (I had to read “Carrion Comfort” at least 3 times before I could honestly say I started to understand any of it, and I don’t get the meaning of much of it).

As important as his Catholicism was to him, the insertions of God into his poe

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Aran
May 01, 2009 Aran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Hopkins is so amazing. His sonnets are so tight and innovative. And for a monk, such intense conflict! And so daaaaaaaaark.
Robbie
Oct 21, 2011 Robbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hopkins is one of the greatest poets of all time. Wonderfully luminous.
Laura
May 31, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
In my penultimate year at school, the poetry component of my English Literature class was a comparative study of collections by Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Over the course of several months, these two poets - neither of whom I had been exposed to before - produced in me diametrically opposed reactions.

I instantly warmed to Dickinson's poetry; off-beat, quirky, ruthlessly innovative in its structure, cerebral and introspective to the point that she actually staged poems within the
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Elizabeth
Oct 06, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; 5
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; 10
An
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Abbi Dion
Great freakin' cover. Used to sit and read "The Winderhover" once a day in 2005... "I caught this morning morning's minion, kingdom of daylight's dauphin dapple-dawn-drawn falcon, in his riding. Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding. High there..." Gorgeous. Wonderful bio criticism of Hopkins in Buechner's "Speak What We Feel, Not What We Ought To Say", just FYI.
Mothwing
Like Jack Donne, this poet is a large part of the reason why I am comfortable calling myself a Christian, this poem is everything Christianity is to me.

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Cry
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Zari
Sep 06, 2015 Zari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poem, literature
I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride,
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Jonathan
Aug 21, 2011 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful poetry that feels like golden honey dripping, then flying, then cascading off the page.

I am aware that honey only really drips but I don't have the lyrical power of Hopkins. Read the poems and be transported into the very heart of Nature's power with all it's sounds, smells and tastes.
Jenny
Jun 08, 2012 Jenny is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I'm always reading Hopkins, but this time through, I'm attempting to memorize a few of my favorites as well--especially since his poetry goes so well with walking while drinking in the wonder of the world.
Vincent Wright
Sep 14, 2008 Vincent Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE Gerard Manley Hopkins poetry! Could recite The Windhover - ALL DAY!
Betty
May 16, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He speaks my soul language!
Christel Devlin
Oct 11, 2010 Christel Devlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genius
Derek
Apr 04, 2011 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Analysis of “Windhover”

On the surface, Hopkins’ “Windhover” is a poem is about a bird hovering in the air, a falcon suspended, a dangerous bird of prey to be reckoned with. With careful and sensitive language, Hopkins attempts to convey the inexpressible awe he feels in witnessing the “windhover.” He approaches the line where language is insufficient and only inarticulate sounds will do. The poem contains four exlamation marks, the words “oh” and “ah,” and even one incomplete phrase: “the achiev
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Nathan
Dec 31, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the la
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Elizabeth Shafer
Sep 25, 2014 Elizabeth Shafer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I don't always love the technique of 'sprung rhythm', Hopkins' poems using this method have some wonderful evocations of a mystical, ecstatic approach to life.
Robert
Oct 07, 2007 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scholars
Much of Hopkins's verse was not necessarily much more interesting to modern readers than other poets of the 19th century. What remains remarkable are his most famous poems, and for this reason I would recommend Hopkins: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) or a similar, more compact edition to most readers.
More here: http://www.robertpeake.com/archives/362-The-Revelations-of-Gerard-Manley-Hopkins.html
Bea Alden
Aug 05, 2008 Bea Alden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a much earlier edition - the third after the original edited by Robert Bridges - revised and published in 1960.
GMH is to me, the quintessential poet. His verse speaks so clearly and deeply of the life of creation, as well as his own heartfelt creative life.
I can scarcely say I have "read" his poems, for I read them again and again with new insights.
Riannon
Aug 10, 2008 Riannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Hopkins puts words together. For full effect, I think it's best to read his poems quietly aloud to one's self. I'd be hard-pressed to choose a favorite of Hopkins' poems, but among those I like best is Spring and Fall.
Joyce
Apr 15, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some beautiful pieces of faith-inspired poetry; GMH does not ignore the pain of this life, though. Nevertheless, Hope triumphs over suffering, and through art, he expresses his love.
Trevor Davis
Jan 09, 2010 Trevor Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My favorite poem of all time is in the book - God's Grandeur. The back half is poetry in Latin and other stuff way beyond me, but the poetry that I understand is awesome.
Michelle Hoyt
Feb 12, 2015 Michelle Hoyt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gerard Manley Hopkins

The poetry is the work of a saint. This priest's poetry is a little piece of heaven on earth. Awese
Jim
Nov 22, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, gave-up-on
hopkins was Mad. L'Engle's favorite poet. the language is too otherworldly(?) for me
Mike
Nov 15, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Idiotic religious devotion, but his language is unparalleled.
Rachel
This is the one book I'd take to the desert island.
Hobb Whittons
Jan 12, 2012 Hobb Whittons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique.
Elizabeth Stevens
Elizabeth Stevens rated it liked it
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Gerard Manley Hopkins was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest, whose 20th-century fame established him posthumously among the leading Victorian poets. His experimental explorations in prosody (especially sprung rhythm) and his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse.
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Pied Beauty— "

Glory be to God for dappled things--
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise Him.”
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“No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,
More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring.
Comforter, where, where is your comforting?
Mary, mother of us, where is your relief?
My cries heave, herds-long; huddle in a main, a chief-
woe, world-sorrow; on an age-old anvil wince and sing —
Then lull, then leave off. Fury had shrieked 'No ling-
ering! Let me be fell: force I must be brief'.
O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
May who ne'er hung there. Nor does long our small
Durance deal with that steep or deep. Here! creep,
Wretch, under a comfort serves in a whirlwind: all
Life death does end and each day dies with sleep.”
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