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Gerard Manley Hopkins
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 Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was an English poet and Jesuit priest whose work only achieved critical acclaim after his death. He is now viewed as one of the most innovative of English poets because of his highly original use of language and his striking imagery:


             I caught this morning morning's minion, king-

             dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding

             Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding

             High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing

             In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,


             (Extract from 'Windhover' - Click here to see the full text)