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Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Gerard Manley Hopkins
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Relatively unknown in his own lifetime, Gerard Manley Hopkins is the 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 most of Hopkins' work, reflects both his belief in the doctrine that human beings were created to praise God as well as his commitment to the Jesuit practices of meditation and spiritual self-examination. Hopkins' poetry is unconventional in its sensitivity to alliteration, assonance and consonance, as well as its characteristic diction and phrasing. This edition includes some of his most famous works: "Spring," "Pied Beauty," "God's Grandeur," "The Starlight Night," "Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves," and his most famous sonnet, "The Windhover."


Collection of poems by Hopkins, nearly all first published after his death, by UK poet laureate Robert Bridges, whom no one today has heard of -- go figure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420934856
  • Publisher: (24 Jun 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU1E26
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version 18 April 2012
By Chris
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I give it 2 not 3 stars since 2and a half is not an option. It's more "just about acceptable" than "OK".

No spacing between Titles and end of previous poems. Best read in landscape on the kindle. Individual Poems cannot be navigated to from contents. One for fans of Hopkins only I would suggest.

However everything seems to be here. If it was revised according to the suggestions it would be worth 5 stars.
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In many ways, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) is a rather neglected poet, but to anyone who cares to explore the life and work of this somewhat `peculiar' man, there are indeed many riches to be found! Hopkins, was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1866 and was resolved on a life as a Jesuit Priest (he was ordained in 1877). He was a professor of rhetoric at Roehampton in 1873-4 before studying theology at St. Bueno's in North Wales (1874-7) where he became entranced by the spiritual teachings and disciplines of St. Ignatius Loyola.
His poems are known for their poetic devices of `inscape' and `instress', words of Hopkin's invention; the former is the spiritual `essence' of a thing, and the latter is the `energy' which flows from that thing. Hopkins also uses a technique known a `sprung rhythm' which attempts to mirror speech rhythms using verse which is based on the number of stresses (not the feet) in a line. Among his complete poems in `The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins' published in 1918, are: `The wreck of the Deutschland' (1876), `The Windhover' (1877) and `Pied Beauty' (1877). But it is his `dark poems', or what is termed the `terrible sonnets' for which he is most remembered. They were written at a time of deep depression in the summer of 1885, while as a professor of Greek and Latin at University College, Dublin; poems such as: `To seem the stranger', `I wake and feel', `Patience, hard thing', `Carrion Comfort', `No worst, there is none' and `My own heart' have a tragic sadness about them which leads one to suggest Hopkins may even have contemplated suicide during that dark time of his life! We know he was infatuated by a young poet named Digby Dolben (1848-1867), and that his love was unrequited - `I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections on the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins 20 Dec 1999
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It is often thought that Hopkins represents the first truly modern thinker to come out of the turgid atmosphere of late Victorian poetry. The dynamism and energy of his writing fly from the page in tones which even his close friend Robert Bridges referred to as "obscure" and "peculiar". However, those looking to this Jesuit priest for modern themes will be disappointed. In his approach to God, and the general representation of the logos, we find a very different Hopkins. There is none of the assured atheism of Hardy here, but rather a lost and lonely believer. For Hopkins, God is not dead - rather He is hiding. This poet does not find its parallels with the writers of the 1920s and 1930s as Cecil Day Lewis suggests, but rather his writing is similar to that of the metaphysical poets of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Donne would feel closer to Hopkins than Auden ever could. When Donne writes "Thou hast made me", it is in similar tones to Hopkins desires to find his God two centuries afterwards. "The Windhover" (I met this morning morning's minion...) with its ecstatic praise of God, dedicated to Jesus, is not the work of a doubtful Christi
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5.0 out of 5 stars All creatures as of infinite value and infinitely precious. 29 Jun 2001
By tepi - Published on
THE POEMS OF GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS. Fourth Edition based on the First Edition of 1918 and enlarged to incorporate all known poems and fragments. Edited by W. H. Gardner and N. H. Mackenzie. 362 pp. Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press, 1970. ISBN 0-19-281094-4 (pbk.)
For anyone who is interested in Hopkins, and everyone should be, this is the standard and authoritative edition. It gives us the only complete and accurate text which for the first time puts the poems in their true chronological order.
The poems have been arranged in four sections : Early Poems (1860-1875?); Poems (1876-1879); Unfinished Poems, Fragments, Light Verse, &c. (1862-89); Translations, Latin and Welsh Poems, &c. (1862-67). The book contains a useful and informative Introduction and Foreword, and is rounded out with very full Notes, a series of Appendices, and Indexes of titles and first lines. It is also beautifully printed on excellent paper, stitched, and bound in a sturdy glossy wrapper.
Hopkins had a unique sensibility, and brought something very special and of great value into English poetry. He seems to have had the ability to enter into the intelligence and feelings and spirit of all life forms, whether animal or plant or even landscape, to resonate with the indwelling divinity within them, and to somehow magically bring the miracle of their vibrant being over into his poems.
Hopkins is in fact a striking example of the fully human sensibility as described in the works of Heidegger and the great thinkers of the East, and exemplifies a quality of sensibility which most of us seem somehow to have lost. We skate dully and blindly over the surface of things, but Hopkins plunges into the depths of being and carries us along with him. In other words, he puts us back in touch with reality, with what life is really about. Hence his enormous value and importance.
In a complete collection such as this, there are bound to be many poems that fall short of greatness. For the newcomer to Hopkins, one suggested approach might be to first read some of his greatest poems, poems such as 'God's Grandeur,' 'Spring,' 'The Windhover,' 'Pied Beauty,' 'The Caged Skylark,' 'Binsey Poplars,' 'As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame.'
There are many beauties to enjoy in Hopkins - his unique use of language, his control of sound and rhythm, his amazing images and metaphors - but for me the most beautiful thing of all is the news he brings, news of a universe in which all things are of infinite value and infinitely precious, and in which no creature is of any less value than another because all are indwelt by divinity:
"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, / Crying _What I do is me : for that I came_" (p.90).
Hopkins makes us acutely aware of our loss, and our crime. His poems map out a path back to a saner, more balanced, and more wholesome and intelligent way of dwelling on the earth, dwelling lightly upon it with all other creatures and as its guardian, not its ravager.
"O if we but knew what we do / When we delve or hew - / Hack and rack the growing green! / ... After-comers cannot guess the beauty been...' (pp.78-9).
Hopkins, I think, would have been very much in agreement with Heidegger who tells us that the earth must once again become a _Spielraum_ , a space of great beauty in which to play, and one in which all creatures, instead of being treated as mere objects, are allowed to do what they came here to do, to develop the full potential of their natures and fulfill themselves as manifestations of divinity. His poems are unforgettable, and one envies those who may be coming to them for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful volume of a wonderful poet 19 May 2000
By Liz Foster - Published on
The first poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins I read was "PiedBeauty," which was included in a book of poetry for children thatwas given to me by my great-aunt. In high school, I read "Spring and Fall: to a young child" and loved it, though I did not realize it was by the same author. It was only college that I connected the two, and discovered a wonderful poet, who has become one of my favorites.
For a fan of Hopkins looking for an authoritative volume, this edition is a treasure. In addition to his better known works, it contains early poems, numerous fragments, and unfinished works, in fact "every scrap of English verse which can be ascribed... to Hopkins" (from the Introduction xvii). In addition, it contains a good essay on Hopkins and his work, and extensive textual notes.
Hopkins poetry may appear obscure and difficult at first, and in fact it is, at times, wildly original. Hopkins' language is deliberately archaic and inventive, and he both revives wonderful words not used since Shakespeare, and makes up his own. Hopkins also writes in "sprung rhythm," a metrical style that is almost syncopated, and juxtaposes stressed syllables. I recommend reading his poems out loud. The sheer beauty of his language will inspire you to recite the words over and over again, until you understand his meaning: the essence which he is trying to distill. New readers may be daunted by this volume at first, and find that Hopkins' great poems are "submerged in a mass of less significant fragments" (Intro xiv). I would suggest his sequence of ten sonnets (#31-40) as an ideal place to start reading.
Hopkin's friend and fellow poet Robert Bridges wrote that Hopkins strove "for the unattainable perfection of language," and at times he seems to have actually obtained it: "Men go by me whom either beauty bright / In mould or mind or what not else make rare: / They rain against our much-thick and marsh air / Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite." (The Lantern out of Doors, #40). END
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ??? on Kindle 3 13 Sep 2010
By Robert Hoeppner - Published on
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Many lines on my Kindle 3 have rectangular boxes containing questions marks prepended. So "The Wreck of the Deutschland" looks something like

???????????????Thou mastering me
??????????God! giver of breath and bread;
?????World's strand, sway of the sea;
??????????Lord of living and dead;
???Thou hast bound bones and veins in me, fastened me flesh,
???And after it almost unmade, what with dread,
?????Thy doing: and dost thou touch me afresh?
Over again I feel thy finger and find thee.

There are some poems where this doesn't happen at all, and others where it regularly occurs. I think the ?s represent spaces for formatting indentations. It would be nice if there were a way to either filter the ?s out or convert them to spaces. Given a relatively low price, and given that this seems to be a comprehensive collection of Hopkins' poetry, 3 stars seems a fair rating.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the truly great poets 27 Oct 2004
By Shalom Freedman - Published on
This review does not relate to the quality and character of the Oxford Complete Poems. It rather relates to Hopkins unique greatness as a poet which I will try to say a few words about.

Hopkins created his own style of verse, his own vocabulary for perceiving the world, his own special rhythm and language in poetry.

He is not the most easy poet to understand, and I will admit that his longer poems lose me.

When I consider his work I relate primarily to five, six , seven poems which seem to me extraordinary. " The world is charged with the Grandeur of God" and " Thou art indeed just, Lord" and "Felix Randall the Farrier, Is he dead then?' are to me the most memorable. They contain a power and beauty, a tremendous sense of identification with and understanding of the suffering in life, a kind of unique and intimate perception of the details of the natural world.

Hopkins the tormented priest wrote to my mind some of the most memorable and beautiful lines in the English language. Consider the closing of ' Thou art Indeed Just Lord" "Birds build but not I build/ but break Times wounds And never breed one work that wakes Thou O My Lord of Life Send my roots Rain."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glory be to God for dappled things-- 5 May 2005
By frumiousb - Published on
Gardner and MacKenzie have compiled a fine collection of Hopkins' juvenalia, mature work, and uncollected fragments/translations.

I wish that I knew what to say to compel readers unfamiliar with his work to buy this or another collection. The Terrible Sonnets are among the most moving treatment of spiritual anguish in the English language. If you are doubting, take the time to look "Carrion Comfort" up on the web-- the poems are available at This book is one of my constant poetic companions.

For readers already familiar with the more famous pieces, it is a treat to see his younger work and translations. Reading the book as a whole gives a picture of a mind in motion. What led him to this point?

"NO worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,

More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring.

Comforter, where, where is your comforting?"

Read it, read it, read it.
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