Poems and Prose

ISBN-10: 0140420150

ISBN-13: 9780140420159

Edition: 1953

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The poems in this book are dazzling celebrations of God's endless creative power couched in a uniquely expressive poetic diction.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1953
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/1953
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.20" wide x 7.80" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Note on the Author and Editor
Chronology of Hopkins's Life and Times
The Escorial
Winter with the Gulf Stream
Spring and Death
New Readings
'I must hunt down the prize'
'Why should their foolish bands, their hopeless hearses'
'It was a hard thing to undo this knot'
'Miss Story's character! too much you ask'
To Oxford
The Alchemist in the City
To Oxford
'Myself unholy, from myself unholy'
'See how Spring opens with disabling cold'
'My prayers must meet a brazen heaven'
'Let me be to Thee as the circling bird'
The Half-way House
A Complaint
'Moonless darkness stands between'
'The earth and heaven, so little known'
'The stars were packed so close that night'
The Nightingale
The Habit of Perfection
Lines for a Picture of St. Dorothea
Horace: Persicos odi, puer, apparatus
Horace: Odi profanum volgus et arceo
The Elopement
The Wreck of the Deutschland
The Silver Jubilee
The Woodlark
Penmaen Pool
God's Grandeur
The Starlight Night
In the Valley of the Elwy
The Sea and the Skylark
The Windhover
Pied Beauty
Hurrahing in Harvest
The Caged Skylark
The Lantern out of Doors
The Loss of the Eurydice
The May Magnificat
'Denis, whose motionable, alert, most vaulting wit'
'The furl of fresh-leaved dogrose down'
'He might be slow and something feckless first'
'What being in rank-old nature should earlier have that breath been'
Binsey Poplars
Duns Scotus's Oxford
Henry Purcell
'Repeat that, repeat'
The Candle Indoors
The Handsome Heart
'How all's to one thing wrought!'
Cheery Beggar
The Bugler's First Communion
Morning, Midday, and Evening Sacrifice
At the Wedding March
Felix Randal
Spring and Fall
'As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame'
A Trio of Triolets
The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo
from St. Winefred's Well
The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe
'The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less'
'Not of all my eyes see, wandering on the world'
'To seem the stranger lies my lot, my life'
'I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day'
'Strike, churl; hurl, cheerless wind, then'
'No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief'
To what serves Mortal Beauty?
'Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee'
'Yes. Why do we all, seeing of a soldier, bless him?'
'Thee, God, I come from, to thee go'
'Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray'
'My own heart let me more have pity on'
To his Watch
Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves
On the Portrait of Two Beautiful Young People
Harry Ploughman
Tom's Garland
'The sea took pity: it interposed with doom'
That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection
In honour of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
'Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend'
'The shepherd's brow, fronting forked lightning'
To R. B.
Selected Prose
Early Diaries and Journals
Devotional Writings
Modern Critical Views
Explanatory Notes to the Poems
Suggestions for Further-Reading
Note on the Text
Index of Titles and First Lines (Poetry)
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