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Title: THE POETRY OF INSPIRATION - The Poetics of Fancy in the Works of GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

Author: Kumiko Tanabe

Category: Research, Non-fiction
Number of pages: 208
Size: A5

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Language: English



Book Summary

This book deals with the poetics of fancy in the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). Fancy is the term paired with imagination in the well-known Romantic poetics, and fancy has always been given a secondary and degraded position under imagination. It sheds a new light on fancy which is expressed positively in Hopkins' poetics and later becomes the essence of his idiosyncratic concept of “inscape." All the chapters in this thesis will examine various aspects concerning Hopkins' poetics of fancy as the basis of his concept of inscape. Chapter 1 discusses the influence of Coleridge and Ruskin on Hopkins' poetics of fancy. Chapters 2 focuses on the concept of fancy in Hopkins' predecessors, William Shakespeare and Alfred Lord Tennyson, who influenced him along with Coleridge and Ruskin, making him write the play Floris in Italy and the sonnet series “The Beginning of the End" in order to experiment with the language of inspiration as fancy. Chapter 3 treats Hopkins' conversion to Catholicism and Catholic art.

Author Profile

Kumiko Tanabe has got master's degree in English Literature from Osaka University. From 1996 onwards she has taught English in university in Japan. She is a member of the Hopkins Society of Japan and International Society of Hopkins. She has published many articles on Hopkins.

Assistant Professor Kansai Gaidai University.

From the Author

The author would like to recommend this book to those who are interested in the idea of fancy or fantasy based on not only in the poetics of Hopkins but also in English literature and art in general. Conspicuously, the two major movements such as the Oxford Movement and the Gothic Revival bred the idea of fancy which was originated in the Middle Ages. Hopkins' poetics of fancy best expresses the background, which gave rise to fantasy literature of Lewis Carroll, William Morris, George Macdonald, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.