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Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works

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This authoritative edition brings together all of Hopkins's poetry and a generous selection of his prose writings to explore 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 demonstr
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 24th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Emily
Sep 06, 2011 Emily is currently reading it
Way back when, in the days before Evening All Afternoon, I wrote about being so struck by the unexpected meter and richly textured language of Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem "Pied Beauty" while, of all things, taking a standardized test, that I wrote down the first line of the poem on a piece of scrap paper and shoved it into my pocket. My discovery of Hopkins probably still takes my personal prize for most intense aesthetic experience in a testing environment; never mind that I got the answer wro ...more
Tiffany
I really enjoyed reading the whole swoop of Hopkins represented here, especially the snippets and scraps and fragments of verses from early in Hopkins' working life. It was particularly fascinating to see the humor in Shakespearian-influenced play fragments and dialogues, as well as a significant worry about greatness or lack thereof, and an interesting focus on female saints: "Who thinks of Thecla?"I love to see the switch between the poet sensing the possibilities of a power he senses--"Let me ...more
K.
A colleague of Hopkins once claimed that after reading The Wreck of the Deutschland, he got a very bad headache. I cannot disagree. Although I think its just that Hopkins might actually be too brilliant for the average mind. His works are weighted with metaphors, references, imagery and unorthodox use of language. One can research the crap out of a poem and still be missing a piece. It's quite mind-blowing. That's what the five stars is for. Not because I particularly enjoyed his poetry (I more ...more
wychwood
Nov 25, 2011 wychwood rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oxford, poetry
I... think I actually like GMH less than when I started. His best is amazing, but this is a nearly-complete collection, including all the poems, and a lot of them aren't all that great. Or at least they are too frilly and Victorian for me. I don't think it benefited in being read in parallel with Larkin, who is a seriously miserable jerk, but who writes amazingly clear and lucid poetry - his use of language, wow.

I still think God's Grandeur is amazing, but there aren't enough other poems that re
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Rich Reynolds
Jul 28, 2008 Rich Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Hopkins is a wonderful writer. His views of inscape and instress are intriguing. Moreover, the sprung rhythm that he employs in his poetry is superb. If you are interested in matters pertaining to intertextuality, take a look at Hopkins’s poetry in relationship to William Wordsworth’s concept dealing with “spots of time.” Aside from Wordsworth, Hopkins’s early work reflects a certain Keatsian sensuousness that is worth looking at. Have fun reading his works!!!!!
Dave
Sep 21, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave up on this book. Made the mistake of starting at page 1 and reading onward from there. Hopkins' poetry is dense, and I don't have the training or patience to delve into it. I'm getting older and life is short, so I'm more particular what I spend my time reading. An English Lit aficionado would undoubtedly love it. Before giving up, I went to the last section, "Sermons and Devotional Writings". This short section was filled with great stuff, assuming that the reader understands Hopk ...more
Taka
Aug 29, 2015 Taka rated it liked it
Shelves: english_lit, poetry, 2015
More complaints about this particular edition than its content--

The problem may lie in the Oxford World Classics series. I've never really liked their books—the powdery newsprint paper, the heavily academic and ultimately not very helpful introductions, and those ugly, user-unfriendly, bloated explanatory notes organized by page numbers and indicated by puzzling superscript circles in the text which make it hard to identify in the back of the book. I'd say their audience is more for academics an
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Audrey
Aug 03, 2015 Audrey rated it it was amazing
I found some of Hopkins’ poetry to be quite hard to understand at first but so rewarding when unpacked. I read this (all the poems, but not the prose) for school, so thankfully we were able to dig deeper into a few works in class. However, we were really only able to scratch the surface. Hopkins’ work is just incredibly rich and deep. His ability to capture a sense of awe and praise for God’s creation is contagious in its joy. But he also has pieces that deal with spiritual struggles; these reve ...more
Christian Engler
Sep 20, 2013 Christian Engler rated it it was amazing
The poet-priest Gerard Manly Hopkins was imbued with the gift of natural poetic expression, and the tragedy of his life was that he saw it as something other than the God-given gift that it truly was. But due to almost fanatic scrupulousness, he relegated his work to the camp of literary narcissism, that-if read by a public at large-it would in no way, shape or form, enhance or open their perception to the engulfing gloriousness of faith and God and the Church. Hopkins, who struggled to curtail ...more
J. Alfred
Jan 24, 2016 J. Alfred rated it really liked it
The poems, of course, are beautiful and touching in their own unique way and deserve to be read many times over (or at least the ones you know are. The fragments and attempts are something less). The prose, because of the poems, is fascinating: it's commonplace to hear Hopkins referred to as "sensitive," and the descriptions of nature, of music, of poetic rhythm, of spiritual matters, deepen the adjective. This man observed everything, heard everything, felt everything so deeply that life itself ...more
Jules
Apr 04, 2016 Jules rated it it was amazing
At times, walking in winter, I will have a "Hopkin's Momment". It may be the way the snow hangs from the boughs of a large tree, cascading across the branches with white light. Even for being a Jesuit priest, his poetry seems to suggest he is a pantheist, seeing God as being infused in the natural world. God is all in a Hopkin's poem: "The world is charged with the grandeur of God". You do not have to be religious to appreciate the nature worship of his words. Even for poems not about nature, th ...more
Carolyn
Jan 22, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His work is is beautiful. One of my favorite poets
cheeseblab
May 22, 2011 cheeseblab rated it liked it
As struck me w/ Dickenson when I read her complete poems a couple of years ago, I have to concede that what is widely anthologized really is about all I'm interested in reading. Much of this was a slog--oh, but when he flew, he was a windhover, wasn't he?
Bryana Johnson
Jan 08, 2016 Bryana Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book compiles all the poetry and some of the letters of the Jesuit poet-priest who is perhaps most well-known for Dappled Things and As Kingfishers Catch Fire. Hopkins’ devotional poetry is studded with wordplay and powerful imagery and although the book contains many that are unfinished or only fragments, each one is like a jewel.
Thomas
Oct 30, 2013 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, poetry
This would not be a bad contribution to a "desert island" library. Hopkins rewards reading and re-reading - I did not have patience for him when I was younger, but have grown to love his work. This edition includes prose selections from his letters and journals that provide a fuller picture of Hopkins the man.
Mark
Oct 02, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing
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Recommended to Mark by: Jonathan
Quickly becoming my favorite poet. A very challenging writer, but well worth the work. His poems lend themselves to "team reading" - so reading with someone with whom you can discuss it would probably bring more pleasure. But I think other Hopkins readers are likely hard to find!
Jennifer
Oct 11, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I am marking this read because I give up. The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins are listed among the "25 Books Every Christian Should Read." I found them quite ponderous. I just dreaded picking up this book and suffering through another one of his poems.
Christian
Jun 08, 2012 Christian rated it liked it
Although I'm tempted to 5-star this book, I read it at breakneck speed and didn't give it the time it deserved. I can't really say that I am an avid fan of GMH, but I haven't had a chance to make up a real opinion about him, free from outside opinion.
Miss Mandatory
May 08, 2007 Miss Mandatory rated it really liked it
I suspect it is in my nature to be Victorian.
And perhaps my relationship to Nature is Victorian, and by that I don't mean repressed for though Hopkins struggled with his own life the best of his poems are freedoms, in form and imagination.
Michelle
May 11, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class
I read selections from this book for a paper I wrote for a literary theory class. Wow! The more I read GM Hopkins (slowly, meditatively), the more I am in awe of life.
Jeremy Land
Aug 03, 2010 Jeremy Land rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent example of Victorian poetry; however, I don't recommend for people new to poetry. Hopkins's language is sometimes difficult for even advanced readers.
Maureen
Nov 14, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
Another poet that eluded me in my Modern Poetry class, but came to be a good friend later on. If you like poetry, chances are you'll like this.
Laura
Apr 09, 2010 Laura added it
Shelves: schoolbooks
I really only read a selection of these poems. I wasn't that impressed - I liked some of them quite a lot, but overall they're not to my taste.
Yz
Jun 03, 2008 Yz added it
Did not enjoy it when it was assigned for class. Maybe another try?
Meg
Sep 24, 2007 Meg rated it it was amazing
sprung rhythm beautiful and readable; beautiful images
Rayn Roberts
Nov 29, 2008 Rayn Roberts rated it it was amazing
Excellent... Hopkins has been a major influence.
Jenny
Sep 15, 2013 Jenny marked it as to-read
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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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“And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”
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