Hopkins Lectures 2009
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Hopkins Festival 2009 - Lectures


The Kingfisher as a Symbol for Hopkins and Later Poets

Lynn Cohen, Hofstra University, USA

Lynn Cohen was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry. She is an expert on T. S. Eliot's poetry having done a thesis on his works and spoken on them at a National Modern Language Association Conference and at local conferences on Christianity and Literature.. She also has lectured widely on modern literature and given many poetry readings. She co-edited The North Sea Poetry Scene's LI Sounds 2007 Poetry Anthology . Lynn teaches at Hofstra University and Suffolk Community College.  She has published a chapbook, Lone Star Da ys, and some of her poems appear in Freshet , the Literary Review, Long Island Sounds , The Improper Hamptonian, Creations, The Poet's Art, Sentinel, Poetz, Poetica, Soul Fountain and The Pedestal Magazine .  As a result of a grant proposal she wrote, the New York State Council for the Humanities awarded a mini-grant for its "Let's Talk Poetry 2008" series to the North Sea Poetry Scene. She was privileged to study with Stephen Dunn and W. D. Snodgrass, both Pulitzer Prize winners. 
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Ciarain O Hare, Northern Ireland

"The Terrible Sonnets," An Articulate Scream?

Hopkins had been approached, in December 1883 by Fr. William Delany, the Jesuit President of University College Dublin, to take up the post of junior professor of classics at the college. However this was no straight- forward offer and as Hopkins told Bridges "there was an Irish row over my election."

The row centred on a power struggle over the running of third level education for Irish Roman Catholics but it also involved a racial dislike of Englishmen in Irish institutions. The distrust the local bishops had for the Jesuits themselves (questioning as they did their loyalty to diocesan authority) was yet another factor in the political row into which Hopkins had been unwittingly plunged.

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New Light on the Dark Sonnets

Peter Milward S.J.

Surrounding the "dark" or "terrible" sonnets that belong to Hopkins' Dublin years there is an indefinable aura of mystery, at once fascinating and terrifying. As he leaves his native England to take up his appointment as professor at the University College, Dublin, he feels a sense of evening, "earnest, earthless, equal, attuneable, vaulty, voluminous... stupendous", settling upon his mind.
New Light on the Dark Sonnets

The New Testament in Hopkins's Poetry

Patrick Samway SJ

In the poetry he wrote while studying theology at St. Beuno’s and just after his ordination, Gerard Manley Hopkins incorporated Scripture into his poetry, particularly New Testament citations. ...

Influence of The New Testament on the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry Influence on Heaney - the Poet as Craftsman

Brian Cosgrove explores the Poet as Craftsman and the influences of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins on Seamus Heaney.

Links to 2009 Hopkins Festival Lectures

New Testament and Hopkins Poetry || The Terrible Sonnets || Seamus Heaney and Gerard Manley Hopkins || The Kingfisher as Symbol in Hopkins Poetry