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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins Biography

Poet


ABOUT
Victorian poet and Jesuit priest known for his poetic experimentation with rhythm and imagery. His poems include "Pied Beauty," "The May Magnificat," "As Kingfishers Catch Fire," and "The Caged Skylark."
BEFORE FAME
He was the oldest of nine children born to Catherine and Manley Hopkins.

FAMILY LIFE
He never married, but he wrote many letters over the years to a close male friend named Digby Mackworth Dolben.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He lived in John Keats' hometown of Hampstead for a portion of his youth. While a student at Highgate School, he was inspired to write poetry after reading Keats' work.
TRIVIA
His poetry frequently contains a metrical innovation known as "sprung rhythm."

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