‘Immortal Diamond’: the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

6th February 2021 - 7th February 2021


Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 89) occupies a unique position in English poetry. His art – combining daring technical innovation and robust colloquial eloquence – has been compared to Shakespeare’s. Delight in the divine energy that fires creation confronts an unflinching honesty in the face of spiritual despair, causing his work to speak powerfully and poignantly to us now.

During this course, we shall consider a representative selection of the poems, from The Wreck of the Deutschland to the ‘terrible sonnets’, as well as relevant extracts from Hopkins’s remarkable and distinctive sermons and letters.

‘Brennan’s teaching shows literature to be an engagement with the most serious questions of moral, emotional and spiritual life. His vast and detailed knowledge of texts allows him to challenge his students, and himself, to find new orientations in life.’
– Dr Tom Jones, Director of Research in English, University of St. Andrews

Live sessions are Saturday and Sunday at 14:00-16:30.

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Live discussionWritten and visual

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On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Closed captions for live sessions may be available upon request; please contact us directly if you require closed captions.

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