The Poetical Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Clarendon Press, 1990 - Christian poetry - 545 pages
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This long-awaited complete edition of Hopkins's poetry offers serious students far more guidance than has ever been available. The texts are arranged chronologically, rhythms are clarified, thousands of words and phrases are annotated for the first time, and far greater attention is paid to
his neglected early output. Compiled by one of the world's leading Hopkins scholars, the book includes an introduction, extensive commentary, and headnotes for each poem setting out intellectual or biographical background and critical responses.

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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.

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