by Gerard Manley HopkinsI always enjoy the arrangements from the Pocket Poets series. They're perfect for carrying around on trips and I carried this one in my trip to India.
Unlike many of the Pocket Poets volumes, this one contains both poetry and prose by Hopkins. My favorite poems were:
The Lantern out of Doors
Morning, Midday, and Evening Sacrifice
In the prose section, the letters contained some valuable explanations of his view of poetry and the extracts from his notebooks reveal that even Hopkin's journal entries were full of poetic wonder at the glory of God's creation. One particular gem (for teachers at least) this:
"It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither. Yet from time to time more men go up and either perish in its gullies fluttering /excelsior/ flags or else come down again with full folios and blank countenances. Yet the old fallacy keeps its ground. Every age has its false alarms."
Finally, the best part of the prose section is the section at the end called "The Principle or Foundation." This contains a philosophical treatment of glorifying God and of the nature of the self. How much better things would be if more poets were philosophers and more philosophers were poets!
"Man was made to give, and mean to give, glory to God."
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