In Extremity: A Study of Gerard Manley Hopkins

In Extremity: A Study of Gerard Manley Hopkins

by John Robinson

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Overview

This 1978 critical study of the English Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins provides original readings of the principal poems. It also gives full explanations of such terms as 'sprung rhythm' and 'inscape', and attempts to gauge the effect on Hopkins of the medieval schoolman John Duns Scotus. There have traditionally been two critical theories about Hopkins' work: that it was the result of a conflict between his priestly and his poetic vocations; or that the poetry was given birth and shaped by his training for the priesthood. John Robinson appraises both these theories fairly and sensitively, and puts forward his own view of the poet's development - that in pursuit of his ideals, Hopkins lived the whole of his life 'in extremity' and that the consequences of this are evident in his poetry, in his joy and in his anguish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521297301
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/10/1980
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

John Robinson is a Kentucky native, born in Danville, and has been married to his wife Barb, a Cincinnatian, for 30 years. The proud father of two grown sons and a grandfather of two, John's passion has always been writing. Until the Last Dog Dies his first RiverOak novel, was published in 2004 to glowing reviews. That was followed by his second Joe Box adventure, When Skylarks Fall which garnered similar praise.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. All surrenders; 2. Pater, and the Falcon; 3. Purging the language; 4. Eternal may-time; 6. The cavernous dark; 6. Ireland; Notes; Index.

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