Historical background, pp. 627-631.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Hopkins considered this poem to be his best, and, of the ones I have read myself, I would have to agree. It is dense with imagery, laced with Hopkins’ own peculiar sounds and vocabulary, and pulls together quite remarkably. Read it carefully and aloud; go over it several times to see what you can get out of it. Don’t be afraid to use a dictionary.
If you’re interested in reading more of Hopkins’ poetry, look at the selection at the Bartleby site. It’s quite impressive.
A. E. Housman
This is perhaps Housman’s most famous poem, and a kind of poetic manifesto. What is he saying about the function of poetry in his life, and those of his hearers?
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