Journal Article

The Light Unchangeable: Hopkins and Augustinian Contemplation

Aakanksha Virkar-Yates

in Literature and Theology

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 65-80
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frs013
The Light Unchangeable: Hopkins and Augustinian Contemplation

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This article considers in Gerard Manley Hopkins' The Wreck of the Deutschland (1876) Augustine's paradigm of contemplation as developed across his theological works and as articulated specifically in the Confessions. It argues that Hopkins' Wreck deliberately invokes the famous accounts of mystical ascent found in the Confessions, and that the central experience of Hopkins' ode is a vision of the ‘Self-same’ God or ‘Light Unchangeable’ as encountered by Augustine in these autobiographical accounts of mystical contemplation.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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