scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,491
Gerard Manley Hopkins terrible Sonnets In the mid 1800s a very spiritual poet was born Gerard Manley Hopkins was born July 28 1844 to Manley and Catherine Smith Hopkins the first of their nine children Drabble 473 His parents were High Church Anglicans and his father had just published a volume of poetry the year before Drabble 473 He was ordained as a Jesuit priest who wrote beautiful poetry full of thoughts of nature and harmony Hopkins poetry was for the most part published after his death in 1889 Five years before Hopkins death he wrote six terrible sonnets revealing his inner torment and separation from God Davie 86 These poems were written while Hopkins worked as a professor at University College Dublin Drabble 474 Hopkins sonnets No Worst there is none and I wake and feel the fell of Dark Not Day show his mental anguish caused by spiritual agony His job as a professor at University College required the grading of 500 examination papers each one several pages of uninspired student translations five to six times a year Benzel 370 His job demanded long hours which took away time for his admiration of nature and his time for prayer The six terrible sonnets have a strong contradiction to his earlier works His early works were filled with beautiful scenes in nature and praise of God His realization that he was not dedicating enough time to God allowed him to see how many other people lose sight of God This and other experiences during the time while he wrote his terrible sonnets allow us to assume that the poems are his own religious confessions More important however was his sense that his prayers no longer reached God Benzel 371 Hopkins life-long best friend Robert Bridges received several letters from Hopkins while he wrote the terrible sonnets Hopkins wrote to Bridges that the sonnets came to him like inspirations unbidden and against
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA