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The Victorian Web

The Victorian Web is a handy resource for students studying the 19th century. This is a link to their page on Gerard Manley Hopkins, in case you want to focus your sleuthing.

A Brief Biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins

PoetryFoundation.org has a solid biography of our poet. Turns out his family life helped turn him into the crazy-good poet he later became.

Poets.org on Our Poet

Not to be outdone, poets.org has got the goods, too.

For All You Bird Lovers…

Here's some information about windhovers, a.k.a. kestrels. With pictures, of course.

Video

A Windhover in Flight

Here's a video of a real-life windhover (another name for the kestrel, which is a kind of falcon) in flight. Check it out—it might make Hopkins's imagery make more sense.

Audio

Reading of "The Windhover" at PoetryFoundation.org

This site has both the text of the poem and a link to hear it read out loud. Listen up for that sprung rhythm.

Images

Photo of Hopkins

Here's a photo of our poet looking very pensive. Or maybe just bored.

Photo of a Windhover (a.k.a. the Common Kestrel) in Flight

Wonder what Hopkins's bird would look like? Here you go.

Books

More on Poetic Meter Than You Ever Thought Possible

This awesome book about poetic meter, The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, discusses Hopkins at some length.

Gerard Manley Hopkins's Major Works

Take a gander at this collection of the major poems and some journals, letters, etc. by Hopkins, with notes and an introduction by an English professor. Check it out from your local library, or look through excerpts on Google Books.

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