Birthday of Gerard Manley Hopkins | Naming the Days

Not one of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 -1889) had been printed throughout his lifetime. In 1939, W. H. Auden declared him to be a serious poet and that commendation has stood the check of time. Born into an English Anglican household, Hopkins turned a Catholic and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1877. He was very taken with the sacramental precept whereby odd objects and experiences can grow to be an indication of the Divine. For Hopkins, consideration was a type of prayer and he educated his senses on the pure world. The Creator spoke to him by means of creation.


Two phrases from his poetry say it effectively:

  • “The world is charged with the grandeur of God
    It would flame out, like shining from shook foil.”
    — “God’s Grandeur”
  • “For Christ performs in ten thousand locations,
    Beautiful in limbs, and wonderful in eyes not his
    To the Father by means of the options of males’s faces.”
    — “As Kingfishers Catch Fireplace”


A superb biography of Hopkins by Robert Bernard Martin: Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Very Private Life


A set of poetry and different items by Hopkins: Hopkins: The Mystic Poets, together with the excerpt, Hopkins’s poem “That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection”

Private Exporations

Have fun Gerard Manley Hopkins’s birthday by giving your full consideration to an object close by or by taking a stroll in nature. Discover indicators of the Divine Presence and provides thanks in a method that’s most significant to you.

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