A Retreat with Hopkins

This would be an important week for my favorite poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. As a Jesuit priest, he would have been active in the liturgies celebrated during this time. The Hopkins scholar, Joseph Feeney, even refers to “the busy Fr Hopkins during Holy Week.” We’re going to spend this week with “the busy Fr Hopkins,” dwelling on […]

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What Novels Teach Us

There is so much to recommend novel reading. Not only are novels perhaps the most delightful invention ever made, but they can improve our capacity for empathy and understanding of the minds and emotions of others. Reading can even be useful for managers who want to improve their ability to think ambiculturally. But even with […]

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What Can Poetry Do?

I’m about to start a series on genre, looking at what it means for literature and even our general speech acts through the thought of Mikhail Bakhtin. Until then, here’s a look at the lesser known genre of Marian poetry for today. It’s a fascinating genre with some fuzzy boundaries. What poems should we include … More What Can Poetry Do?

“A Sad and Angry Consolation”: On the Loss of Geoffrey Hill

So – Croker, Macsikker, O’Shem – I ask you what are poems for? They are to console us with their own gift, which is like perfect pitch. Let us commit that to our dust. What ought a poem to be? Answer, a sad and angry consolation. What is the poem? What figures? Say, a sad … More “A Sad and Angry Consolation”: On the Loss of Geoffrey Hill

Hopkinsian Retreat

In case you missed it, last week we had a retreat with the poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), reading poems that reflected themes of the week. You can read more about the retreat along with the connection between poetry and mystery here, and follow it with these links. – Holy Thursday Hopkins’s paraphrase of Aquinas’s Adoro … More Hopkinsian Retreat

A Retreat with Hopkins

This would be an important week for my favorite poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. As a Jesuit priest, he would have been active in the liturgies celebrated during this time. The Hopkins scholar, Joseph Feeney, even refers to “the busy Fr Hopkins during Holy Week.” We’re going to spend this week with “the busy Fr Hopkins,” dwelling on … More A Retreat with Hopkins