The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selections from His Poems, Letters, Journals, and Spiritual Writings
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About the Author
Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia currently serves as the Poet Laureate of California.
Gioia has published five full-length collections of poetry, most recently 99 Poems: New & Selected. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. An influential critic as well, Gioia's 1991 volume Can Poetry Matter?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, is credited with helping to revive the role of poetry in American public culture. In 2014 he won the Aiken-Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in American poetry.
Some of Hopkins finest poems are sparked by the ardor of his spiritual practices of gratitude and wonder. But inwardly the poet struggled with depression and physical weakness. Ellsberg makes the most of a mix of his poetry, letters, journal entries, and sermons to illustrate his complex life. --Spirituality & Practice
I get drowsy with Descartes, nod off over Nietzsche, and am likely to keel over from Kierkegaard. But [this] was exciting. Gerard Manley Hopkins was a philosopher, and not only a philosopher but a prophet, and not only a prophet but a priest, for he saw the intimate eternal reality of all created things and called us to share the vision and knowledge that the whole world is charged with the grandeur of God. --Dwight Longenecker, The Imaginative Conservative
Both timely and original....This book will help readers meet Hopkins directly through his own words. It offers fresh insights into the great Jesuit and Catholic poet who so dearly loved God and God's creations, and who sang of them with glee. --America Magazine
Some of Hopkins' finest poems are sparked by the ardor of his spiritual practices of gratitude and wonder. But inwardly the poet struggled with depression and physical weakness. Ellsberg makes the most of a mix of his poetry, letters, journal entries, and sermons to illustrate his complex life. --Spirituality & Practice
Ellsberg is most effective in her contagious love of Hopkins' poetry... She is a true Hopkins believer and faithfully "discharges" her devotion to the poet, whether in her celebration of "The roll, the rise, the carol, the creation"--in poems that are in effect joyful love letters to God--or, by contrast, of the desolate beauty of the poet's bleak "winter world" ("To R.B."). She understands so well that both moods speak to our condition, and in a startling language that is like none other in its "rehearsal/ Of own, of abrupt self" ("Henry Purcell").--Hopkins Quarterly