“If modern Christian poetry has a saint,” writes current Poet Laureate of California Dana Gioia in his thoughtful introduction, “it is Gerard Manley Hopkins.” Hopkins is a fascinating and complex figure – virtually unknown in his lifetime but now among the most reprinted poets. A devout Catholic convert who became a Jesuit priest, he believed that poetry must serve the faith. His musical, rhythmic, often ecstatic works both convey and inspire joy – in the goodness of the Creator and his creation, and the manifestations of God’s grandeur.
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