Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Stratford, London Borough of Newham, Greater London, England
Death 8 Jun 1889 (aged 44)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Plot Jesuit plot
Memorial ID 5858594 · View Source
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Poet. Born at Stratford, Essex, England, to Catherine Smith and Manley Hopkins. In 1852, the family moved to London. He attended Highgate School where he won the poetry prize for his 'The Escorial' and a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. In 1866, he converted from Anglican to Roman Catholicism, and in 1867, he entered a Jesuit novitiate, burning all his existing poetry. It was not until 1875, when he began to write again, producing 'The Wreck of the Deutschland.' He was ordained in 1877 and served as assistant to the parish priest in Sheffield, Oxford, and London until 1879. He was then assigned successively as a parish priest in Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow. In 1881, he began three years teaching Latin and Greek at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. In 1884, he was appointed a professor of Greek and Latin at University College, Dublin. Outside of an odd appearance in the occasional periodical of the time, his work was unknown in his lifetime. After his death at 44 from typhoid fever, his friend, Robert Bridges, the Poet Laureate in 1913, arranged for the publication of Hopkins' work in 'Poems' (1918). His poetry is considered by many to be among the great poems of faith and doubt of the Victorian era. In 1989, The Hopkins Society was formed to honor his contribution to English Literature.

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