Parnassian Moments 28 July: Gerard Manley Hopkins


The Boypoet Remembers....

Gerard Manley Hopkins Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poet: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Dates: 28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: Moonrise

I awoke in the Midsummer not to call night, in the white and the walk of the morning:
The moon, dwindled and thinned to the fringe of a finger-nail held to the candle,
Or paring of paradisaical fruit, lovely in waning but lustreless,
Stepped from the stool, drew back from the barrow, of dark Maenefa the mountain;

A cusp still clasped him, a fluke yet fanged him, entangled him, not quite utterly.
This was the prized, the desirable sight, unsought, presented so easily,
Parted me leaf and leaf, divided me, eyelid and eyelid of slumber.

 

Brief Biography: Hopkins was a poet, Roman Catholic convert and Jesuit priest. He is considered to be one of the leading Victorian poets. Hopkins’ experimentation in sprung rhythm and imagery established him as…

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