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Jason Platko Mrs Pena English 28 May 1996 Everyone is destined to be great for a moment in their lives For Gerard Manley Hopkins this was difficult Gerard was a poet that came way before his time and people didnt realize the power he had with words Gerard Manley Hopkins was one of the most original poets to write in English at any time period He only lived for 45 years and only had three of his poems published during his lifetime Gerard was torn between his love of God and his love of poetry Gerard Manley Hopkins born on July 28 1844 was the eldest of eight children of a London marine insurance adjuster Besides writing books about marine insurance Gerards father Manley also wrote a volume of poetry His mother on the other hand was a very pious person She was actively involved in the church and impressed her religion on Gerard He attended Highgate School where his talent for poetry was first shown Some sources say he won as many as seven contests while enrolled at Highgate Gerard in 1864 enrolled at Balliol College at Oxford to Read Greats classics ancient history and philosophy At this time in his life he wanted to become a painter like one of his siblings His plans changed when he and three of his friends were drawn in to Catholicism He was received by the Church of Newman in October of 1866 After having taken a first class degree in 1867 he taught at the Oratory School Birmingham Two years later he decided to become a Jesuit when he burned all his verses as too worldly When he entered as a Jesuit he wrote no poems although the though of crossing the two vocations constantly crossed his mind Then in 1875 he told his superior how moved he felt by the wreck of the Deutschland a ship carrying five nuns exiled from Germany His superior expressed
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