Literary Birthday – 28 July – Gerard Manley Hopkins


Gerard Manley Hopkins was born 28 July 1844 and died 8 June 1889

Six Quotes

  1. The poetical language of an age should be the current language heightened.
  2. Your personal boundaries protect the inner core of your identity and your right to choices.
  3. The effect of studying masterpieces is to make me admire and do otherwise.
  4. It seems then that it is not the excellence of any two things (or more) in themselves, but those two things as viewed by the light of each other, that makes beauty.
  5. Take breath and read it with the ears, as I always wish to be read, and my verse becomes all right.
  6. What you look at hard seems to look at you.

Gerard Manley Hopkins was an English poet, Catholic and Jesuit priest. He is considered to be one of the leading Victorian poets. His works are available in Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works.

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by Amanda Patterson