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The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (The Nineteenth Century) Hardcover – April 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0754660057 ISBN-10: 0754660052

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Product Details

  • Series: The Nineteenth Century
  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (April 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754660052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754660057
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Because his sonnets of desolation have received so much attention, many readers of Hopkins's poetry are not particularly alert to his wit, wordplay, and sense of fun. Fr. Feeney's commentary is a wise and wonderful remedy to that, seeing the poems anew and joyfully noting their puns, ironies, and surprising impishness while permitting us to read Hopkins again as if for the first time.'

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Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., is Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent J Gaitley on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Joseph Feeney's reading of GM Hopkins is the freshest, most original reading of this strange and difficult poet for many years. Feeney focuses on the boundless play and humor and wit in the poet's craft and this illuminates Hopkins in a new light. This scholar and Jesuit writes with brio and wit himself and readers will encounter the single funniest footnote in academic history in this book. I won't spoil it, but I laughed aloud while I imagined what was described. I should say in full disclosure that Fr. Feeney taught me in college and my interest in Hopkins stems from those days long ago. Feeney is a traditional scholar, meaning that he builds his case with examples from the poet and not theory or opinion. Hopkins has been described many ways but playful--in the ludic sense--was a breakthrough view of this endlessly interesting writer. Feeney refreshes your sense of Hopkins.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Weiland on November 19, 2012
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I bought this as a gift for my husband who is a classmate of the author just before he was to attend his 60th class reunion. Needless to say, he brought the book with him and had a great talk with Fr. Feeney. My husband said it was well written and thoroughly researched.
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