An analysis of the literary importance of Gerard Manley Hopkins
It is only in recent years that the attention of students of literature has been directed to the merit s of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a poet who, paradoxical as it may seem, is rightly classified as the modern among the Victorians. Although Father Hopkins' brief span of life was timed while the twentieth century was still in the offing, his poetry takes its place unquestionably with that produced by lyricists of our own day. The collected poems from the pen of this poet- priest form a slender volume of rare and delightful lyrics; lyrics which are full of a tender and luminous beauty, yet woven with a tremulous ingenuity that frequently repels the superficial reader; tries the endurance of the casual reader; and interests and attracts the earnest reader. These poems have given rise to a number of questions in the minds of students as to the author's place in literature, whether or not he is a major poet or a major craftsman ; why he rebelled against the adopted poetical forms of his own day and created new ones of his own. This study has been made in quest of a possible response for these and other queries regarding the lyrics of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Furthermore, the thesis was written with the hope of contributing a better understanding, a clearer interpretation, and a greater appreciation of the poet's works , that these may be to others , as they have been to the writer , a source of unfeigned delight .