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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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This review is from: The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Paperback)
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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