Monthly Archives: September 2011

HOPKINS: GOLDENGROVE UNLEAVING

Some lines of Gerard Manley Hopkins are an aesthetic pleasure just to repeat mentally or audibly: Margaret, are you grieving 
Over Goldengrove unleaving? 
Those words come, of course, from his well-known poem Spring and Fall: to a young child.  The … Continue reading

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LEARNING FROM THE AUTUMN MOON

When we think of the Fall — of Autumn — we think of colored leaves, falling leaves, and of the moon.  We look at the autumn moon for a few moments, and then we move on with our lives, unless … Continue reading

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GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS: EXPRESSING SELF-NATURE

I would like to return to Gerard Manley Hopkins, that impressionist in language whose poems are verbally fascinating even while difficult. Today’s Hopkins poem, in spite of its seeming complexity, nonetheless has a very simple message, as we shall see … Continue reading

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THOMAS HARDY ON AGING: I LOOK INTO MY GLASS

Yesterday I happened upon an obituary for the younger brother of someone I knew many years ago.  It had a photo.  When I last saw him, he was a good-looking boy of about 13 years.  It was a shock to … Continue reading

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