Gerard M. Hopkins

Peter Mcdonald

in Sound Intentions

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749049 | DOI:
Gerard M. Hopkins

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The chapter looks at initial objections to Hopkins's habits of rhyming, including those of Robert Bridges. It gives a close examination of particular extremes of Hopkins's experiments with the limits of rhyme in his poetry, Hopkins's statements about rhyme, and the theory behind these. It also provides close readings of some early and later line-end rhymes in Hopkins, and their stylistic effects. The chapter then describes ‘God's Grandeur’ and Hopkins's views on choice and necessity in rhyme; choice and voice in ‘On a Piece of Music’, with a look at the influence of Wordsworth's cuckoo; and repetition and ‘self’ as a theme, with a close analysis of the ‘As kingfishers catch fire...’ sonnet. The chapter then examines Hopkins on ‘selving’ and the challenges to the self and self-determination posed by rhyming structures in composition; likeness, unlikeness, and the significance of small words in Hopkins's verse; musicality and meaning in some of Hopkins's later poetry; and a consideration of the meaning and function of ‘intention’ for the poet, where spiritual necessity is part of a matrix which includes also awareness of key moments of choice and determination in other poets, including centrally Wordsworth.

Keywords: Robert Bridges; rhyme theory; choice; necessity; repetition; self; musicality; intention

Chapter.  23027 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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