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Posted July 9, 2003
Hopkins is one of the greatest of all English poets. He is difficult and I would recommend that the beginning reader concentrate on a few of his shorter poems. Hopkins is too a theorist of his own special brand of poetry called sprung verse, and his poetry has a feel in alliteration and assonance all its own. Hopkins himself was a tormented figure who transforms that suffering in his tragic poems to a remarkable beauty. The poems which begin with the lines 'Thou art indeed just, Lord' , 'Felix the Farrier,' contain the essence of his genius. 'Birds build but not I build, but break,Time's wounds, and never breed one work that wakes.Thou O my Lord of Life, send my roots rain'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.