The Ignation Personality of Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Ignation Personality of Gerard Manley Hopkins

by David Anthony Downes
     
 

Provides a careful and comprehensive reading of Hopkins' poetry, early and late, from the vantage point of the methods, discipline and theological insights of the Ignatian spirit of The Spiritual Exercises. Using Hopkins' own projected commentary and other spiritual notes, the author offers a reading of Hopkins' poetry highlighting the themes of Ignatian

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Provides a careful and comprehensive reading of Hopkins' poetry, early and late, from the vantage point of the methods, discipline and theological insights of the Ignatian spirit of The Spiritual Exercises. Using Hopkins' own projected commentary and other spiritual notes, the author offers a reading of Hopkins' poetry highlighting the themes of Ignatian spirituality and analyzing parallel structures between the Ignatian meditation and Hopkins' sonnets. Contents: Elected Silence: Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889; Ignatius and Hopkins; Ignatius and the Wreck; The Ignatian Spirit of the Priest-Poet; The Desolate Self of the Terrible Sonnets; Hopkins and the Meditative Tradition; Postscript; Postscript II: The Psychology of Ignatian Election: "The Selfless Self of Self."

Editorial Reviews

The Heythrop Journal
Whatever poem Downes examines, he illuminates it brilliantly. His writing is lucid without being simplistic, his analyses are scholarly without being pedantic. The first edition of this book has withstood the passage of time superbly; the new edition gives us a Hopkins for the 1990s and beyond.
— Eugene R. August, University of Dayton
David J. Leigh
This is a valuable book...Downes argues throughout on solidly intellectual and Hopkinsean grounds....
The Heythrop Journal - Jude V. Nixon
The most comprehensive and illuminating reading of the Ignatian sensibility in Gerard Manley Hopkins. Downes' new edition engages the most recent scholarship on Hopkins' spirituality, conducts a lively and fruitful dialogue with it, and demonstrates where Ignatian meditation shaped Hopkins' person, poetry, and poetics.
The Heythrop Journal - Eugene R. August
Whatever poem Downes examines, he illuminates it brilliantly. His writing is lucid without being simplistic, his analyses are scholarly without being pedantic. The first edition of this book has withstood the passage of time superbly; the new edition gives us a Hopkins for the 1990s and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819176646
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

David Anthony Downes is Professor of English at California State University in Chico, California.

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