Course Details

961: Gerard Manley Hopkins

July 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

"Who?" A Victorian Jesuit, he died young, his stunning verse-making innovations appreciated posthumously; recognised as one of the most original English poets of his century; virtually a Modernist, he had a marked influence on such leading 20th-century poets as T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Cecil Day-Lewis. Over the week we'll make a summer picnic of 15 or more of his poems, accessing material via online resources. We will generally eschew biography, theology, psychological interpretation, technical deconstruction. Participants with skills in poetical analysis will not be discouraged but the emphasis will be on the beauty of Hopkins' imagery and his astonishing use of language. This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Type: Reading and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Richard Palmer

Richard R. Palmer is a retired Washington psychiatrist with an interest in language, art, and culture; he was not an English major. He has led several OLLI study groups.