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Great Poetry Almost Lost,
This review is from: Gerard Manley Hopkins (Audio CD)
Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Jesuit priest who kept thinking and writing poems until he died without his works seeing the light of day in publications. Actor Jeremy Northam does an excellent job of reading Hopkins, even though this task must not have been easy. The Hopkins poetry sounds as if the author had the advantage of being ignorant of or able to ignore traditional ways of writing poems. This allowed him to invent new rhythms, use repeated lines, introduce line-ending rhyming words that could slip by unnoticed and present an elevated density of thought as if he had an intense case of logorrhea. What did he think about? He used the words "God" and "Christ" about as often as a non-priest might. He focused on almost everything else. He saw nature as a "dappled world," something worth noting by artists and triggering wonder if his thoughts anticipated modern ones that stress the digital character of almost everything around, including ourselves. The original way Hopkins wrote poetry came to the attention of Dylan Thomas and it shows. This is wonderful, challenging poetry, easy to enjoy but difficult to analyze.