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Gerard Manley Hopkins: Living into things

March 29, 2010

G.M. Hopkins c. Hopkins Quarterly

[Hopkins] has got this absolutely fresh imagination. I didn’t know this for a long time, but he was a very unhappy man. He suffered a great deal, was virtually ignored by his peers. So he worked a lot in isolation. But out of that poverty of relationship, he was paying attention to where words come from and how they work. He’s an original– he really is. And the enormous attention he gave to how language works– this doesn’t just pop out of him, he was paying attention to this all the time, listening, hearing. And, of course, it was all prayer. He wasn’t describing things, he was living into them. And the rhythms, and surprising metaphors, and line breaks, it’s just marvelous, I think.

-Eugene Peterson, in conversation with Ken Myers.

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  1. Justin permalink
    March 31, 2010 11:43 pm

    Peterson just came down to deliver a few lectures at RTS last month. He’s like this great poetic spider of a man… Never seen him in person before.

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