Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was an English poet.
His work, marked by its religious themes and use of natural imagery, includes "The Wreck of the Deutschland" (1876) and "The Windhover" (1877). His employment of "sprung rhythm" greatly influenced later 20th-century poetry.
Hopkins was converted to Roman Catholicism in 1866, and in 1868 began training as a Jesuit. He worked as a priest in Ireland and England, and subsequendy taught.
His poetry is profoundly religious and records his struggle to gain faith and peace, but also shows great freshness of feeling and delight in nature.
Why is Gerard Manley Hopkins famous?
Gerard Manley Hopkins was a famous and a leading Victorian poet.