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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry worth reading, 8 May 2014
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This review is from: Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I studied Gerard Manley Hopkins at school. However taking every line and word apart did nothing for me. If you read the poems out loud his use of words is wonderful and I believe this is the way to enjoy his writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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Great book of the major works of a great poet. Love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brief reflection on the works 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 Christian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good review, 19 Dec 2013
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This is the standard review of this poet of 100 years ago, one of the forerunners of the modern style.
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Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Paperback - 26 Feb 2009)
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