In this course, you will come to cherish the timeless poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Gerard Manley Hopkins is undoubtedly one of the greatest poets in the English language. Under the influence of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Hopkins became a Jesuit priest. Now celebrated as a masterful poet, he inspires readers throughout the world with his words and example.
Hopkins was not only a brilliant poet but also a deeply spiritual man whose works explored religious themes such as Jesuit spirituality and the presence of God in nature. Under the guidance of Fr. Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., one of the world’s leading Hopkins experts, you will come to experience the wonders of Hopkins’ work and the genius of his poetry.
You will follow Hopkins’ life (1844–1889) from his upbringing in London and education at Oxford to his travels as a Jesuit throughout England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. You will study how his poetry progressed, beginning with the traditional poetry of his youth and culminating with his masterpiece, “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” which is rightfully regarded as one of the greatest odes in the English language.
Fr. Feeney’s presentations of these poems are lively, passionate, and informative. You will listen to each poem aloud before studying the structures, themes, and rhythms of his sonnets and lyric poems. In exploring Gerard Manley Hopkins—the person, the priest, and the poet—you will come to see the grandeur of God fully alive.
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Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., Ph.D., is a leading expert on Gerard Manley Hopkins and Professor of English at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where has taught for over 40 years. After receiving an M.A. from Fordham University and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Woodstock College, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held Chairs at Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, and Seattle University.
Fr. Feeney wrote the book The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Ashgate, 2008), coedited Hopkins Variations: Standing round a Waterfall (Saint Joseph’s and Fordham University Presses, 2002), and has served since 1994 as coeditor of The Hopkins Quarterly. He has published over 100 articles and given over 75 lectures on Hopkins throughout the world. In 1998, he discovered in London an unknown poem by Hopkins, “Consule Jones” (1875). Fr. Feeney has also written articles on literature in such journals as The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, American Studies, Thought, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Canada, and many more.
Fr. Feeney has received numerous awards, including two grants from the National Endowment...
- Who Was, Who Is, Gerard Manley Hopkins?
- From Schoolboy-Poet to Undergraduate-Poet
- Moved by a Shipwreck and Finding His Genius
- Sparks and Stars
- Birds, Insects, and a Stallion
- Welsh Falcon and Welsh Dapple
- Hopkins and Young People
- Hopkins the Environmentalist
- Heroines and Heroes
- Depression and Anguish
- Depression and Recovery
- Affirmation: “Immortal Diamond”
- Last Poems: Longing for Inspiration
- “The Wreck,” “Part the First”
- “The Wreck,” “Part the Second”