The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings

The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings

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The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings by Gerard Manley Hopkins

How did a Catholic priest who died a failure become one of the world’s greatest poets? Discover in his own words the struggle for faith that gave birth to some of the best spiritual poetry of all time.

Gerard Manley Hopkins deserves his place among the greatest poets in the English language. He ranks seventh among the most frequently reprinted English-language poets, surpassed only by Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Dickinson, Yeats, and Wordsworth.

Yet when the English Jesuit priest died of typhoid fever at age forty-four, he considered his life a failure. He never would have suspected that his poems, which would not be published for another twenty-nine years, would eventually change the course of modern poetry and influence such poets as W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Geoffrey Hill, and Seamus Heaney. Like his contemporaries Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Hopkins revolutionized poetic language.

And yet we love Hopkins not only for his literary genius but for the hard-won faith that finds expression in his verse. Who else has captured the thunderous voice of God and the grandeur of his creation on the written page as Hopkins has? Seamlessly weaving together selections from Hopkins’s poems, letters, journals, and sermons, Peggy Ellsberg lets the poet tell the story of a life-long struggle with faith that gave birth to some of the best poetry of all time. Even readers who spurn religious language will find in Hopkins a refreshing, liberating way to see God’s hand at work in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874868227
Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Series: Gospel in Great Writers Series
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 549,138
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

One of the great Christian poets of the modern era, Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford, England in 1844. At age twenty-two he left a promising career at Oxford to become a Jesuit priest. When he died of typhoid fever in 1899 at age forty-four, none of his poems had been published.

Margaret Ellsberg (PhD, Harvard University) teaches English at Barnard College. She is the author of Created to Praise: The Language of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Oxford Univeristy Press, 1987) and The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins: With Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings (Plough, 2017)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dana Gioia ix

Part I

Incompatible Excellences 3

Part II

Christ Calls 17

Poems 27

Letters 35

Journals 46

Part III

Reckoning with the Wreck 59

The Wreck of the Deutschland 67

Letters 79

Part IV

What I Do Is Me 89

Poems 97

Letters 131

Sermons 141

Spiritual Writings 183

Part V

Wrestling with God 193

Poems 211

Letters 225

Devotional Writings 234

A Chronology 240

Endnotes 249

Bibliography 252

Index of Titles and First Lines 253

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