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Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetry of Religious Experience

Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetry of Religious Experience

by Martin Dubois


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This nuanced yet accessible study is the first to examine the range of religious experience imagined in Hopkins's writing. By exploring the shifting way in which Hopkins imagines religious belief in individual history, Martin Dubois contests established views of his poetry as a unified project. Combining detailed close readings with extensive historical research, Dubois argues that the spiritual awareness manifest in Hopkins's poetry is varied and fluctuating, and that this is less a failure of his intellectual system than a sign of the experiential character of much of his poetry's thought. Individual chapters focus on biblical language and prayer, as well as on the spiritual ideal seen in the figures of the soldier and the martyr, and on Hopkins's ideas of death, judgement, heaven and hell. Offering fresh interpretations of the major poems, this volume reveals a more diverse and exploratory poet than has been recognised.

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ISBN-13: 9781316632239
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2019
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture , #108
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Martin Dubois is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Forms of Devotion: 1. Bibles; 2. Prayer; Part II. Models of Faith: 3. The soldier; 4. The martyr; Part III. Last Things: 5. Death and judgement; 6. Heaven and hell.

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