Our third Poetry Week entry offers us a fascinating "What is . . . "
"'“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.'"
"As the years passed, Elgar’s “attitude towards his Catholic faith degenerated from discomfort and indifference to fierce antipathy,” says Hough. And in 1934, in his final hours, Elgar had to be convinced to allow a priest to anoint him."
An English Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889) was not widely known as a poet until after he died; his collected poems were first published in 1918 at the instigation of his friend Robert Bridges, who was at the time the Poet Laureate of England. Hopkins was both an observant lover of