Hopkins, Gerard Manley

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Born in Stratford, Essex, on 28 July 1844 Gerard Manley Hopkins was the first of nine children to Manley and Catherine (Smith) Hopkins.

Hopkins was a Jesuit, leading an austere life, and was reluctant to publish his poetry during his lifetime to ‘subdue any egotism which would violate the humility required by his religious position’ (Wikipedia). His fame was thus posthumous as his friend, the poet Robert Bridges, edited a volume of his poems in 1918.

Manley Hopkins was an innovative user of poetic language, and more can be read at: poets.org

Hopkins died of typhoid fever in 1889

Read selected poems from Gerard Manley Hopkins