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The confessions of Gerard Manley Hopkins

While obsessing over ‘evil thoughts’ and self-indulgence in his journals, Hopkins still glories in God’s grandeur and the pattern of creation

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins: Volume VIII: Diaries, Journals and Notebooks Lesley Higgins

OUP, pp.722, £110, ISBN: 9780199534005

‘I am 12 miles from a lemon,’ lamented that bon vivant clergyman Sydney Smith on reaching one country posting. He was related to Gerard Manley Hopkins, a priest who, in the popular imagination, would quite possibly balk at the offer of a lemon. After all, 30 years before Prufrock, Hopkins did not dare to eat a peach, fearful of its delicious savour when offered one by Robert Bridges in a Roehampton garden.

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