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March 17, 2009

17 March 1889: Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote the sonnet “Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend.” Hopkins was a nineteenth century Jesuit priest whose posthumously published poetry established him as one of the most progressive Victorian poets. Hopkins wrote using a poetic structure he called sprung rhythm that was highly influential on 20th century poets. As a poet, Hopkins is known for his unique use of language, fully exploring the multiple meanings of words to add depth to his verse. Contemporary critics believe much of Hopkins’ was a result of his repressed erotic urges and a struggle with what would now be called bipolar disorder. Along with great verse, Hopkins has the best middle name in literature.

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