Mortal Beauty, God's Grace Major Poems and Spiritual Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins

ISBN-10: 0375725660
ISBN-13: 9780375725661
Edition: 2003
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of English poetry's most brilliant stylistic innovators, and one of the most distinguished poets of any age. However, during his lifetime he was known not as a poet but as a Jesuit priest, and his faith was essential to his work. His writings combine an intense feeling for nature with an ecstatic awareness of its divine origins, most remarkably expressed in his magnificent and highly original 'sprung rhythm.' This collection contains not only all of Hopkins’ significant poetry, but also selections from his journals, sermons, and letters, all chosen for their spiritual guidance and insight. Hopkins didn't allow the publication of most of his poems during his lifetime, so his genius was not appreciated until after his death. Now, more than a hundred years later, his words are still a source of inspiration and sheer infectious joy in the radiance of God's creation.

Gerard M. Hopkins was born on July 28, 1844 in England, into a large and talented family. He attended Oxford, and entered the Jesuits in 1868. He later studied theology and, after destroying much of his youthful poetry, took up writing. In 1877, Hopkins was ordained as a priest. He was assigned to several churches and continued to write poetry, none of which was published until after his death. Hopkins's poems are noted for their intricate rhythm, which he labeled sprung rhythm. The poems are exemplified by their clever puns, wordplay and imaginative phrasing. His works include several series of sonnets, such as Pied Beauty and The Windhover, as well as "terrible" sonnets that explore the conflict between his sexual longing and his devotion to God. Gerard M. Hopkins died of typhoid fever on June 8, 1889, in Ireland.

About the Vintage Spiritual Classics
Preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics Edition
Chronology of the Life of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Poetry
Heaven-Haven (a nun takes the veil)
The Habit of Perfection
Nondum "Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself." (Isaiah 45:15)
Oratio Patris Condren: O Jesu vivens in Maria
S. Thomae Aquinatis: Rhythmus ad SS. Sacramentum
The Wreck of the Deutschland (Dec. 6, 7, 1875)
God's Grandeur
The Starlight Night
The Sea and the Skylark
"As kingfishers catch fire"
Spring
The Windhover: to Christ our Lord
Pied Beauty
The Caged Skylark
Hurrahing in Harvest
The Lantern out of Doors
The Loss of the Eurydice (foundered March 24, 1878)
Duns Scotus's Oxford
Henry Purcell
The Bugler's First Communion
Binsey Poplars (felled 1879)
Felix Randal
Spring and Fall: to a Young Child
The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo (Maidens' song from St. Winefred's Well)
Ribblesdale
The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe
"I wake and feel"
"No worst"
To what serves Mortal Beauty?
Carrion Comfort
The Soldier
"Thee, God, I come from"
"My own heart"
Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves
Harry Ploughman
That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection
In honour of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
Justus quidem tu es, Domine
Early Diaries
Oxford, 1863: Flick, fillip, flip, fleck, flake
January 23, 1866: For Lent. No pudding on Sundays
Journal
July 17, 1866: "... the impossibility of staying in the Church of England"
August 22, 1867: "Bright. - Walked to Finchley and turned down a lane to a field where I sketched an appletree"
July 11, 1868: Holiday in Switzerland
March 12, 1870: "A fine sunset: the higher sky dead clear blue"
May 12, 1870: "One day when the bluebells were in bloom"
1871: "The spring weather began with March"
February 23, 1872: "A lunar halo: I looked at it from the upstairs library window"
February 24, 1873: "In the snow flat-topped hillocks and shoulders outlined with wavy edges"
Letters
October 15, 1866: To the Rev. Dr. John H. Newman (on his conversion)
October 16, 1866: To his father (on his conversion)
August 21, 1877: To Robert Bridges (on sprung rhythm)
My 30, 1878: To Robert Bridges (on how to read "The Loss of the Eurydice")
October 25, 1879: To Robert Bridges (on different kinds of beauty)
October 12, 1881: To R. W. Dixon (on the sonnet and on the stages of becoming a Jesuit)
October 29, 1881: To R. W. Dixon (on his vocation and on obedience)
December 1, 1881: To R. W. Dixon (on the relationship between dedication to God's service and literary matters)
February 3, 1883: To Robert Bridges (on Christ's "chastity of mind")
March 7, 1884: To Robert Bridges (on being in Dublin)
June 4, 1886: To Coventry Patmore (on the values of English civilization)
May 8, 1889: To his mother ("My fever is a sort of typhoid")
Poetics
1865?: Poetic Diction (an essay written for the Master of Balliol)
February 9, 1868: "All Words Mean Either Things or Relations of Things"
c. 1883: Author's Preface (written for the manuscript book of his poems kept by Robert Bridges)
Sermons
Cure of the Deaf and Dumb Man (Mark 7:31-37)
On the Healing of Jairus' Daughter and the Woman with the Issue of Blood (Matt. 9:18-26; Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41)
On Jesus Christ as Our Hero (Luke 2:33)
"Rejoice in the Lord always" (Phil 4:4, 5)
The Paraclete (John 16:5-14)
On Divine Providence and the Guardian Angels
Commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and Other Spiritual Writings
First Principle and Foundation, from the Spiritual Exercises
On Principium sive Fundamentum (On Creation)
On Grace and Free Will
Christ's grace - a purifying and mortifying grace
Contemplation on Love
Creation and Redemption: The Great Sacrifice November 8, 1881 (Long Retreat)
Instructions: The Principle or Foundation
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgments

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