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Friday, 11 December 2015

Outrageous Heresy

I'm sorry.

I don't like the poetry of Gerald Manley Hopkins. It's clunky.

There. I've said it.

5 comments :

  1. It's all those springs in the rhythm that keep sprunging about.... but lovely phrases leap out ("spring out") to linger in the memory

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  2. You are wrong not to like his poetry, utterly wrong.

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  3. He was struggling to be Welsh. Are you having an Anne Robinson moment?

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  4. I can just about cope with this strange lapse in your judgement. After all, I've lived for years with your equally bizarre liking for the turgid misery of Hardy's indigestible prose.

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  5. Dear Archdruid,
    In my humble opinion, you are spot on. I've always found his style somewhat adolescent. His poems hit like battering rams on tissue paper. It pre-empts the punk poets of nearly 40 year ago but without the humour. I'll get kicked out of Oxford for writing this....

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