As kingfishers catch fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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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.



Title : As kingfishers catch fire
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ISBN : 0141397845
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 53 pages


Reviews


Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★☆

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; As tumbl...


Doug rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Vickie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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.


Marjolein rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 06, 2016

Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com 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...


Myrthe rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...


Kelly rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 19, 2016

Not a fan but there were a few gems.


Nick rated it ★★☆☆☆

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...


Jo Woolfardis rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Francielli rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...


Bridget rated it ★★☆☆☆

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,...





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