Relevant Religion Spring 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Vanderbilt Divinity School Room 122
9:00 - 12:00 noon
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
To Rebuff the Big Wind:
Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Glory of Metaphor
The nineteenth-century English Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was endowed with a religious and poetic imagination that inspired an unprecedented expression of the soul’s yearning for intimacy with God. A precursor to literary modernism, Hopkins forged a new theological and poetic grammar for translating his reflections upon the Divine Mystery of Creation. During this lecture and discussion, we shall explicate Hopkins’ sonnet, “The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord,” as an onomatopoeic recreation in verse of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.