Gerard Manley Hopkins
(1844-1889)

poet, priest, and Professor of Greek (1884-1889)

Died aged 44

Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame placed him among leading Victorian poets. His manipulation of prosody – notably his concept of sprung rhythm – established him as an innovator, as did his praise of God through vivid use of imagery and nature. Only after his death did Robert Bridges publish a few of Hopkins's mature poems in anthologies, hoping to prepare for wider acceptance of his style. By 1930 Hopkins's work was seen as one of the most original literary accomplishments of his century. It strongly influenced such leading 20th-century poets as T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ 1844-1889 poet lived and studied in Manresa House

Gatepost at Manresa House, Holybourne Avenue, Roehampton, SW15 Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom where they lived and studied

St. Patrick's House of the Catholic university University College 1854-1909. John Henry Newman, Rector 1852-59, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Professor of Greek 1884-89, James Augustine Joyce, student 1899-1902

Merrion Square South, Dublin, Ireland where they Professor of Greek

1844-1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. Poet served as a priest here 1879-1881

St. Francis Xavier's Church, 11, Langsdale Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they served

Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet, born 28th July 1844, died 8th June 1889, was born and lived at 87 The Grove Stratford near this site until 1851/2. 'Loathed for a love men knew in them, Banned by the land of their birth, Rhine refused them. Thames would ruin them; Surf, snow, river and earth Gnashed: but thou art above, thou Orion of light.' From: Stanza 21 'The Wreck of the Deutschland'

Stratford Library, The Grove, E15, London, United Kingdom where they was born near (1844) and lived near (1844-1852)

Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ 1844-1889 priest and poet lived in Oakhill Park 1852-1863 "the World is charged with the grandeur of God"

9 Oak Hill Park, Hampstead, NW3, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1852-1863)