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Walking with Gerard Manley Hopkins by Robert G. Waldron
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Nov 09, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: spiritual-and-religious
Read in November, 2011

I quit reading at p.22. I bought this book; I love Gerard Manley Hopkins' poems. This is published by Paulist Press, whom I respect, but somehow this book beat all the odds and is just not worth my time. After a preface (with an admittedly interesting premise that Hopkins' poems of anguish were generated by a lack of touching and a rigorous suppression of his (homo)sexual nature), the author also has a foreword. A preface AND an introduction, written by the author himself? This seems to be the new style.

The opening sentence of the first chapter almost halted me; it should have.
"Summer again! If we can call this rainy, cold season summer. It's time for me to write another 'Walking With' book.I'm excited because Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) is one of my favorite poets."

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