The Light of Gerard Manley Hopkins in the Dark Victorian World

By |2018-09-14T11:23:15-05:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, gerard manley hopkins, Literature, Mitchell Kalpakgian, Poetry|

In the Victorian Age, the spirit of the times caused a crisis of faith in the conflict between science and religion reflected in the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Matthew Arnold. Darwin’s Origin of Species with its doctrines of evolution, accident, and the survival of the fittest gave scientific credibility to a worldview that [...]

Romanticism and Reality

By |2017-10-22T11:16:00-05:00October 21st, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, gerard manley hopkins, Poetry|

Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “God’s Grandeur” is far more powerful than William Wordsworth’s pondering and wandering on the banks of the Wye because Hopkins did not turn away from the dark reality… In England for a family celebration, we drove from Herefordshire down the beautiful Wye Valley stopping at the “bare ruined choir” of [...]

The Presocratic Origins of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Pied Beauty”

By |2019-01-24T11:59:55-05:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, gerard manley hopkins, History, Philosophy, Wyoming Catholic College|

To read the Presocratic fragments is to re-enter a world where the simplest natural phenomena, such as boiling water, can set your bones quaking... To read the Presocratic fragments is to re-enter a world where the simplest natural phenomena, such as boiling water, can set your bones quaking. Today it is a cliche that “opposites [...]