This week’s Tuesday Poem is from the deep, deep wells of Victorian poetry, with English poet and Jesuit priest, Gerald Manley Hopkins (see awesome retro collection below). Although largely unread during his own time (sigh), this Victorian is now widely regarded as one of the most innovative poets of his era, and this week’s poem certainly celebrates his experimental nature. I am particularly drawn to Hopkins for the dynamic idiosyncratic energy that his poetry seems to hold, largely due to the repetition and his famous ‘sprung rhythm’, which propels the reader forward and forward.
Repeat that, repeat
Repeat that, repeat,
Cuckoo, bird, and open ear wells, heart-springs, delightfully sweet,
With a ballad, with a ballad, a rebound
Off trundled timber and scoops of the hillside ground, hollow hollow hollow ground:
The whole landscape flushes on a sudden at a sound.
Pop back to the hub for a special posting of ‘When the Sister Walks’, from Tuesday Poet Sarah Jane Barnett’s new collection, and to dip into what the other Tuesday Poem editors have to offer this week – there is always something for everyone among our collective pages!