Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems

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Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins (July 28, 1844 June 8, 1889), a Jesuit priest, was an English poet whose posthumous, 20th-century fame established him among the finest Victorian poets. His experimental explorations in prosody (especially in regard to sprung rhythm) and his vibrant use of imagery established him as both an original and daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse. In 1864, Hopkins' reason for conversion to Catholicism was because of the reading of the deeply moving John Henry Newman's Apologia pro vita sua.

theme for english b
 
 
The instructor said,

Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that... [read poem]
pied beauty
 
 
Glory be to God for dappled things,
For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow,
For rose-m... [read poem]
as kingfishers catch fire
 
 
As king fishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells... [read poem]
the slave's complaint
 
 
Am I sadly cast aside,
On misfortune's rugged tide?
Will the world my pains deride
... [read poem]
sea calm
 
 
How still,
How strangely still
The water is today,
It is not good
For water
To be so still that way.

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man, a torch
 
 
Blown up with painful care and hard to light,
A glimmering torch blown in a moment out,
Su... [read poem]
the negro speaks of rivers
 
 
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow
of huma... [read poem]
let america be america again
 
 
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on ... [read poem]
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