A Close Reading of Seven Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins: Part IV

Cash, Peter
May 2010
Use of English;Spring2010, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p158
The article offers the author's insight on the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. The author states that the italicized statement in the poem "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" is a victorious assertion of Hopkins' self-worth. He cites a sonnet composed by Hopkins in which he lays his conviction that God is fair but with rhetorical questions that suggest God is not. He criticizes Hopkins' devotion to the works of God for he believes Hopkins was admonishing his Lord for being unfair.


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