Posts Tagged ‘Gerard Manley Hopkins’

Why Gerard Manley Hopkins gave up poetry for Lent

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Why did the English poet, Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins decide to give up poetry for Lent? On January 18, 1866, he composed his poem “The Habit of Perfection,” which hailed the virtue of asceticism. Five days later, on January 23, he included poetry in a list of things he planned to Read more

Ten books that changed my world

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This is my long delayed contribution to an occasional series in which MercatorNet contributors discuss some of the books which have changed the way they see the world. It is a mixed and somewhat arbitrary selection of reading that has formed my ideas about life and literature. Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I Read more