Gerard Manley Hopkins 28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889

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A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 13, 1886, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed. Catherine Phillips (1991).
The Indian gods are imposing, the Greek gods are not. Indeed they are not brave, not self-controlled, they have no manners, they are not gentlemen and ladies.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 23, 1886, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed. Catherine Phillips (1991).
I always knew in my heart Walt Whitman's mind to be more like my own than any other man's living. As he is a very great scoundrel this is not a pleasant confession.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Oct. 18, 1882, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed. Catherine Phillips (1991).

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very individual work
Poem Hunter present a fine selection of Hopkins' work but there are notable omissions: Harry Ploughman, and That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire
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