July 28 marks the birthday of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The primary collection of Hopkins’s poems
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Here are 5 of my favorite of Hopkins’s poems:
WHEN will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut,
Your round me roaming end, and under be my boughs?
When, when, Peacè, will you, Peace? I’ll not play
To own my heart: I yield you do come sometimes; but
That piecemeal peace is poor peace. What pure peace
Alarms of wars, the daunting wars, the death of it?
O surely, reaving Peace, my Lord should leave in lieu
Some good! And so he does leave Patience exquisite,
That plumes to Peace thereafter. And when Peace here
He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo,
He comes to brood and sit.
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What are your favorite poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins?
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Here’s one of my favorite poems:
Spring and Fall
to a young child
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
MÁRGARÉT, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, líke the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Áh! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.