As Kingfishers Catch Fire (2020)

As Kingfishers Catch Fire O let them be left wildness and wet As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a selection of Gerard Manley Hopkins incomparably brilliant poetry ranging from the ecstasy of The Windhover and Pied Beauty to the h
  • Title: As Kingfishers Catch Fire
  • Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • ISBN: 9780141397849
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • O let them be left, wildness and wet As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a selection of Gerard Manley Hopkins incomparably brilliant poetry, ranging from the ecstasy of The Windhover and Pied Beauty to the heart wrenching despair of the sonnets of desolation Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge O let them be left, wildness and wet As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a selection of Gerard Manley Hopkins incomparably brilliant poetry, ranging from the ecstasy of The Windhover and Pied Beauty to the heart wrenching despair of the sonnets of desolation Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844 1889 Hopkins Poems and Prose is available in Penguin Classics.
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    1. This little volume contains many poems I enjoyed most of them, but not all For the purpose of keeping this review brief, like the volume itself, I shall only talk about the poem for which the book was names As King Fishers Catch Fire As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dr w fl me As tumbled over rim in roundy wellsStones ring like each tucked string tells, each hung bell sBow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name Each mortal thing does one thing and the same Deals out that being indo [...]

    2. Glory be to God for dappled things Hopkins, Pied BeautyI mainly jacked, jeered, jumped over Hopkins poetry before It felt forced and funky for me before The nice thing about the Little Black Classics approach was I didn t have to read an entire 300 pg book of poetry for an introduction, but I certainly needed to read , go deeper, than just a couple, highly anthologized poems After about 40 of his greatest poetic hits and about 20 pages of diary entries , I have a new respect for Hopkins While I [...]

    3. Ugh My first two reads for Victober ended up being utter garbage poetry Well, what can ya do I will keep on pushing on by reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte which will probably rock my world.So after rating Edward Lear s Nonsense one star, I thought it was impossible for a collection of poetry to fuck me up Boy, was I wrong Hopkins poetry combines everything I hate lack of quotable moments and an annoying preachy tone.As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame,Gerard Manl [...]

    4. I forgot I read Pied Beauty and The Windhover in grammar school Thanks to Above the Waterfall, I ve read them again I didn t mind or maybe didn t even notice all of the Christian references when I was young I just took everything in without any critical thinking The religious bits are a bit jarring to me as an adult, but I also fully appreciated Hopkins pure love of Nature this time around.

    5. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes The second of Penguin s Little Black Classics shows a collection of poems of Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins Unfortunately, they were not my taste and failed for the most part to hold my attention One nice little detail I wanted to point out though I m sure it has happened to a lot of us for whom English is not the mother tongue Sometimes when a word also exist in your own language but with a different meaning you ll be unable to see it properly [...]

    6. Considered unpublishable in his lifetime, the Victorian priest s groundbreaking, experimental verse on nature s glory and despair There was very little about this book that I enjoyed There were a total of six poems mentioned at the end of this review that I thought were alright, as well as some of the descriptions in his diary entries I thought most of the poems were very confusing and difficult to understand I m also not a fan of enjambment, which was used almost in every single one of his work [...]

    7. I generally like poetry about nature and religion, but this just didn t work for me His author blurb says that his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse which is laudable, but makes for a somewhat difficult read It took me 4 or 5 poems before I got a handle on his writing As far as religious themes in his writing, I felt it lacked depth Hopkins used just a few lines at the end of each poem to say how great God is for creating such a beautif [...]

    8. Graceful growth of Etzkoltzias or however those unhappy flowers are spelt 19th Century poetry and journal entries from Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Victorian priest with the most beautiful grasp on language I have ever encountered The poetry should be read aloud as it is delivered quickly, with onomatopoeia and alliteration giving it an almost ethereal quality God features heavily, but above all else Hopkins devotion to nature shines through.The journal entries are poetry in prose form, feeling surr [...]

    9. Honestly, it was quite boring Through the poems I could barely understand a word that he was saying and on his journal entries it was less painful but still didn t catch my eye.Plus, I noticed that his last two entries on the journal didn t have a period to finish the text and that made me a little crazy Are you sending a text message or something P.s I wrote this on my phone and it was about to die so I need to apologise on how fast this one went but I just didn t wanna keep going like this guy [...]

    10. Disclaimer I ve never been into poetry, I read this book because I m making my way through the 80 Penguin Little Black Classics in between my other reads If you re into poetry you may like this book, but for me it was hard to understand The few poems that were not lost on me I did really like, but for the most part this wasn t for me.

    11. A collection of poems and a few journal entries.I have a hard time rating this, because I basically understood 5% of the poems From what I understood he has a great way with words.The journal entries consists mainly of Hopkins describing the sky in 100 words, I skipped most of it.

    12. This book includes poetry some writing from the author journals He wrote a lot on God and nature, it was okay.

    13. The selected poetry of this volume sits in two halves The first is not so much upbeat as optimistic It revels in nature and the positive aspect of humanity and reveres both, with a dash of praise to God thrown in.Glory be to God for dappled things For skies of copuple colour as a brinded cow For rose moles in all stipple upon trout that swim Fresh firecoal chestnut falls finches wings Landscape plotted and pieced fold, fallow, and plough And ll tr des, their gear and tackle and trim.The second h [...]

    14. Just to be clear this is a rating based on my enjoyment and understanding of Penguin s collection of Hopkins work, not based on its importance and quality I struggled to follow the poems, never really understanding what on earth I was reading The journal entries included in the rear of this tiny book are beautiful, written with grace and a keen eye for the wondrous, all encompassing beauty of nature The poetry was not for me, however, Hopkins notes on the day to day were calming and the saving g [...]

    15. A little blurb at the back of the book tells the reader that these poems written by a Victorian priest were considered unpublishable in his lifetime, so I framed my reading around that thought These poems seem very transcendental in their stylings of nature and God, and at the same time seem very modern and melancholy They re about God and belief and nature, but at the same time delve into inner spiritual warfare that seems too modern for his time Was it the content or the style of the poems tha [...]

    16. For Christ plays in ten thousand places Love in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father, through the features of men s faces Love it.

    17. I have to confess that I find a certain amount of Hopkins poetry incomprehensible Nonetheless, there is a certain beauty to it, even though it is not my cup of tea This is why I give the book only 3 stars I acknowledge its artistic merit, simultaneously admitting my own lack of deep appreciation for Hopkins work.That said, some of the imagery is lovely and striking And his use of language for oral effects that is, assonance and alliteration works well Some of his techniques are things I toy with [...]

    18. I am in two minds here Hopkins is incredibly difficult to read with comprehension Most of these poems I admit I did not understand I had to stare blankly at and try to reread them to no avail at times You could definitely feel however the passion Hopkins had for nature in all its glory from these His love for God as well I still feel that he could have translated this in a better way in his poems More so after reading the second section of this little book, which for me was just marvellous The n [...]

    19. I think that poets have been put on these earth because they are the closest that we will ever get to touching the stars For we can never hold in our hands the light of the things we gaze out at in awe, but we can clutch close to us a book of poetry and feel that someone has finally managed to comprehend how we see the world from inside our own lonely heads In the very heading As Kingfishers Catch Fire, it is perfectly clear how poets are not just humans of the normal variety but instead stars i [...]

    20. Where to start with this genius He is complex, he is beautiful, he is sensous.We start with God s Grandeur Several poems like it are followed They pick nature, they celebrate nature, and then they end with a praise to God.What follows next are dark poems There is angst, their is complain, there is shaken faith, their is faith s rebirth, and their is acceptance To me these poems present Hopkins at his best He describes the true essence of depression and its darkness One who has suffered from it s [...]

    21. O let them be left, wildness and wet __________________Publisher penguinbooks Origin England Genre Poetry, Prose, Fiction, ClassicRating 3 5____________________The second book of The Little Black Classics series, As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins consists of 32 poems which were considered unpublishable during his lifetime Each poem shares an insight of nature and religion using Hopkins own method of poetry sprung rhythm.____________________Some poems created beautiful imagery, s [...]

    22. I don t read much poetry, and for a person with little experience with the form, Hopkins is a terrible place to start I found the Catholicism totally overwhelming In reading an analysis of one of the poems, the writer referred to Hopkins smearing God all over his work I do think some of his images of nature were inspired, but for me these were tainted by all of the religiosity they were used to symbolize I did appreciate the introduction to a writer I knew nothing about and who, apparently, is t [...]

    23. I have never been a big fan of poetry and this book has not changed my mind I did admire a man who tried so hard to connect God to the natural world that he clearly loved so much I found it sad and quite ironic that Gerard Manley Hopkins work was considered unpunishable during his time because it was controversial and yet what has changed except now rather than being outraged because of his love of the natural world he is now controversial because of the religious overtones Ironic because in tod [...]

    24. A surprisingly good book of poetry Haven t explored much of poetry in recent years, but, enjoyed the fact that each subject matter the poem wasn t overly long, unlike those you fine in Russian Poetry and Prose I rather enjoyed slightly the exerts from Gerard Hopkins Journal, however, kind of shocked it came to an end rather abruptly and suddenly.

    25. I m wary of adding such short works on here, but I ve been going over these few poems over the last weeks and I m pressed to give this my only five star rating for the year I m not good at reviews, but for those who might be curious about these poems, they are, to me, what the Kingdom of God is within the heart and through one s eyes Read them aloud, think of a Welsh accent.

    26. Hopkins is considered as influential as T.S Eliot in initiating the modern movement in poetry His experiments with elliptical phrasing and double meanings and quirky conversational rhythms turned out to be liberating to poets such as W H Auden and Dylan Thomas biographer, Robert Bernard Martin If your concept of poetry requires that everything rhyme, then Hopkins is not for you.

    27. Not an easy read, but I admire the wordplay that Hopkins applied to his poetry Here is a man who truly thought a lot about each and every word, and juggled them according to their perceived quality and fit.I don t think I ll read from him, but for the discovery the concept term inscape alone wiki it , I m glad to have had some exposure to his works.

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