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December 18, 2017

Quotations by Gerard Manley Hopkins

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, VICTORIAN POET, WHOSE POETRY REVOLVES AROUND RELIGION, NATURE, AND MELANCHOLY.

“O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.” ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief

“The best ideal is the true
And other truth is none.
All glory be ascribed to
The holy Three in One.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Summa

“All the world is full of inscape and chance left free to act falls into an order as well as purpose.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Journal (24 February 1873)

“A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Letter to Robert Bridges (13 October 1886)

“Gather gladness from the skies;
Take a lesson from the ground;
Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found;
Earth throws Winter's robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Easter

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Wreck of the Deutschland

“O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief

“Hope had grown grey hairs,
Hope had mourning on,
Trenched with tears, carved with cares,
Hope was twelve hours gone.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins,The Wreck of the Deutschland

“ELECTED Silence, sing to me
And beat upon my whorlèd ear,
Pipe me to pastures still and be
The music that I care to hear.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Habit of Perfection

“And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur

“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring-
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring

“I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Heaven-Haven

“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid

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December 4, 2017

Rudyard Kipling Quick Facts

Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, novelist and story writer of the late Victorian period.

Rudyard Kipling Quick Facts

Profile

  • Birth Name: Joseph Rudyard Kipling
  • Date of Birth: December 30, 1865
  • Place of Birth: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Death: January 18, 1936
  • Place of Death: Middlesex Hospital, London, England
  • Cause of Death: Duodenal ulcer
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: British
  • Place of Burial: Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, London
  • Gravestone Inscription:
“ KIPLING. BORN 30th DEC. 1865
 DIED 18th JAN. 1936.”
  • Father: John Lockwood Kipling
  • Mother: Alice Kipling (née MacDonald)
  • Siblings:
  1. Sister-Alice Kipling (1868–1948)
  2. Brother-John Kipling (1870–1870)
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Spouse: Caroline Starr Balestier (m. 1892) (1862–1939)
  • Children:
  1. Daughter-Elsie Kipling (1896–1976)
  2. Daughter-Josephine Kipling (1892–1899)
  3. Son-John Kipling (1897–1915)
  • Alma Mater: United Services College
  • Known for: his brilliant storytelling capability, reflected especially in his tale of children
  • Rudyard Kipling was criticized for: his celebration of British imperialism
  • Rudyard Kipling was influenced by: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 –1894), H. Rider Haggard (1856 –1925), Joel Chandler Harris (1848 –1908), and Ibn Tufail (c. 1105 – 1185).
  • Kipling’s Works Inspired:  NA

Notable Awards

  • Nobel Prize in literature (1907)
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature (1926)

Quotes

“I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.”
Rudyard Kipling, Under The Deodars

Did You Know?

  • Rudyard Kipling was the eldest child to John Lockwood Kipling and Alice Kipling.
  • His father was an art teacher, illustrator and museum curator.
  • Kipling was the first to use Cockney dialect in serious poetry.
  • Kipling was named after the Rudyard Lake in Rudyard, Staffordshire, England.
  • Rudyard Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907.
  • Kipling was the first English to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize.
  • Kipling is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature to date.
  • His Nobel Prize citation reads: “in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author”.
  • Kipling’s first collection of poetry Departmental Ditties was published in 1886.
  • His first collection of prose Plain Tales from the Hills was published in 1888 in Calcutta.
  • The ashes of Kipling were buried in Poets' Corner next to the graves of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.
  • In 1892, Rudyard Kipling married Caroline Starr Balestier.
  • Kipling's daughter Josephine died from influenza at the age of six.
  • His son, John was killed at the Battle of Loos while serving with the British Army during the First World War.

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