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Two terms coined by the English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89) in a not wholly successful attempt to elucidate his poetic method and religious philosophy. Inscape is the unique quality or essential ‘whatness’ of a thing, while instress is the divine energy that both supports the inscape of all things and brings it alive to the senses of the observer.

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