Hopkins Lectures Festival 2017

Topics considered at the Hopkins Conference 2017 include influences of Hopkins on poetry of John Berryman, the Terrible Sonnets and even the question of neurosis and the artist.

John Berryman’s high regard for Hopkins's Poetry

Patrick Samway, S.J. Saint Joseph's University USA


1970 John Berryman: The Art of Poetry No. 16 1970 (theparisreview.org )

Dark Mind, Light Soul: A Reassessment of
Hopkins’ ‘Terrible Sonnets’

Robert Smart, Quinnipiac University USA

Rather than reflecting a spiritual failure on Hopkins’ part, a final anguished and unanswered call for connection with his god or a deep personal depression, Professor Robert Smart argues that Hopkins' Terrible Sonnets represent an aesthetic crisis, a period in which Hopkins’ reliance on a received, neo-Romantic lexicon to express his grasp of God’s work needed to change as his materials and self-understanding grew.

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Neurosis, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Art

Desmond Egan, Poet, Artistic Director The Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival

Desmond Egan wonders if there there is a necessary connection between Literature and neurosis? A necessary connection, that is; not an accidental one. Art is created by people who have the usual limitations that flesh is heir to. This truism is often overlooked when the link between art and illness comes up for discussion - hence that opening quotation from Illness is part of life. It is an experience which, like any other, will have an influence on the artist.

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munch the scream Edvard Monch The Scream

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