THE POET

…of study today: Gerard Manley Hopkins, infamous for his sprung rhythm.

And because there are too many hours in one day, I must compile an annotated bibliography based on 5 critical articles that deal with “The Windhover”.
I’ve forgotten how much work is entailed in reading this style of poetry, but I’m liking the rigour of the reading. Hopefully I will gain some editing skills from this and maybe a great word or two for a poem somewhere down the line. Or not. Hopkins was infamous as well for making up his own words. The lexicon of Hopkins.

We dealt with the curtal sonnet this morning mostly– another form invented by Hopkins. (I’m so Hopkinsian). Or not.

5 thoughts on “THE POET

  1. I got thoroughly turned off from Hopkins’ poetry when I was subjected to it at school. I’ve never been back to see whether my aversion was caused by his poetry or the way it was “taught”. My condolences. Or not. ;^P

  2. I never used to be a big fan. I’m not sure I’ll ever be a big fan, but I’ve learned a new appreciation for his style. There’s something to be said in going over it word for word. I think.

  3. I liked Hopkins when I studied him. God’s Grandeur. Carrion Comfort. I didn’t remember the names of the poems offhand, so I don’t know what that says. 🙂

  4. The titles of his poems aren’t always that specific, or at least in my way of thinking, they are warm and fuzzy aspects of what to expect in the poem. Predictable preludes. But then, that was to be expected of the time–slightly romantic with his modernist twist.

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