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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS One Belt, One Road: China's new empire

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Behind the U.S.-North Korea rapprochement

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THE GOSPEL IN GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS:
Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals and Spiritual Writings

Edited by Margaret Ellsberg

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Plough Publishing House, Elsmere
Paperback: 255 pages
ISBN: 9780874868227
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Book description

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 44, he considered his life a failure. He never would have suspected that his poems, which would not be published for another 29 years, would eventually change the course of modern poetry and influence such poets as W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Robert Lowell, John Berryman,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 revolutionised 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’ 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.

About the editor

Margaret "Peggy" Ellsberg (PhD, Harvard University) teaches English at Barnard College. She is the author of Created to Praise: The Language of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Oxford University Press, 1987) and is an editor at Slapering Hol Press.


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