An internationally renowned Hopkins scholar and Emeritus Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, Joseph J. Feeney, S.J. is a lively and engaging speaker. Please join us as he presents “A Love Letter to Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jesuit Poet: On the Centennial of His First Book of Poems”
March 5, 2019
Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. was a little-known English priest and poet during the latter part of the 19th Century. It was not until 1918, almost 30 years after Hopkins’ death, that his friend, Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, compiled and edited the first collection of his poems. Since that time, Hopkins has been recognized as one of the major poets of the Victorian Era. Today, his poems, such as, “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” “The Windhover,” and “God’s Grandeur” are printed in numerous languages and enjoyed around the world.
To compliment Father Feeney’s personal insights into Hopkins’ poetry, two first edition copies of The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins will be on view before and after the presentation. Saint Joseph’s University is privileged to own four copies from the limited printing of 700. The volumes are housed permanently in the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Specials Collections located in the Post Learning Commons.
This program is co-sponsored by SJU Library, the Jesuit community, and the Department of English.
Saint Joseph’s University was founded 1851 by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. And while an entire library could be filled with books authored by Jesuits or about Jesuits, our 3-tier book display presents an overview. Subject matter ranges from historical backgrounds to application of principles on a personal level through the lived life of someone such as Pope Francis.