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As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a selection of Gerard Manley Hopkins' incomparably brilliant poetry, ranging from the ecstasy of 'The Windhover' and 'Pied Beauty' to the heart-wrenching despair of the 'sonnets of desolation'.
Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889).
Hopkins' Poems and Prose is available in Penguin Classics.
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February 22, 2016
This little volume contains many poems; I enjoyed most of them, but not all. For the purpose of keeping this review brief, like the volume itself, I shall only talk about the poem for which the book was names: As King Fishers Catch Fire.
"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme;
November 07, 2015
I forgot I read "Pied Beauty" and "The Windhover" in grammar school. Thanks to Above the Waterfall, I've read them again. I didn't mind (or maybe didn't even notice) all of the Christian references when I was young. I just took everything in without any critical thinking. The religious bits are a...
June 08, 2016
I'm sorry Gerard, but your poems are incredibly dull, a little hard to understand and far too religious for my taste.
And don't get me started on the musings of plants in the second half. I nearly fell asleep.
November 06, 2016
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The second of Penguin's Little Black Classics shows a collection of poems of Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Unfortunately, they were not my taste and failed for the most part to hold my attention.
One nice little detail I wanted t...
March 22, 2017
“Considered unpublishable in his lifetime, the Victorian priest’s groundbreaking, experimental verse on nature’s glory and despair.”
There was very little about this book that I enjoyed. There were a total of six poems (mentioned at the end of this review) that I thought were alright, as well as s...
February 19, 2016
Not a fan but there were a few gems.
July 25, 2017
I generally like poetry about nature and religion, but this just didn't work for me. His Goodreads author blurb says that "his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse" which is laudable, but makes for a somewhat difficult read. It took me 4 or...
February 04, 2017
"Graceful growth of Etzkoltzias or however those unhappy flowers are spelt."
19th Century poetry and journal entries from Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Victorian priest with the most beautiful grasp on language I have ever encountered. The poetry should be read aloud as it is delivered quickly, with on...
May 28, 2015
Honestly, it was quite boring. Through the poems I could barely understand a word that he was saying and on his journal entries it was less painful but still didn't catch my eye.
Plus, I noticed that his last two entries on the journal didn't have a period to finish the text and that made me a lit...
June 17, 2017
Disclaimer- I've never been into poetry, I read this book because I'm making my way through the 80 Penguin Little Black Classics in between my other reads.
If you're into poetry you may like this book, but for me it was hard to understand. The few poems that were not lost on me I did really like,...