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161—Making Gerard Manley Hopkins Accessible—Holly Ordway

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 07, 2023 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. (1844-1889) is one of the poets best loved by Catholics. Immediately accessible in its abundant musical qualities, Hopkins’s poetry can still puzzle us with its idiosyncratic syntax, elliptical phrasing, and even invented words. Thus the need for an annotated collection of his poems, which, surprisingly, did not exist until the recent publication (by Word on Fire) of As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Selected and Annotated Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, edited by Holly Ordway. Holly returns to the podcast to give an introduction to Hopkins; she and Thomas discuss four of his poems: “The Windhover”, “Carrion Comfort”, “Patience”, and “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”.


As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Selected and Annotated Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

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