Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “terrible sonnets” explore the contours of his depression.

HopkinsGerard Manley Hopkins is one of the three or four greatest poets of the Victorian era. He is regarded by different readers as the greatest Victorian poet of religion, of nature, or of melancholy. However, because his style was so radically different from that of his contemporaries, his best poems were not accepted for publication during his lifetime, and his achievement was not fully recognized until after World War I.

Download and listen: His Dark Places Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “terrible sonnets” explore the contours of his depression.

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