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In Extremity
A Study of Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • Date Published: April 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521297301

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  • 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.

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    • Date Published: April 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521297301
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    John Robinson

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