Gerard Manley Hopkins in University College Dublin - 6 October, 1886

from Letter from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Coventry Patmore, 6. Oct. 1886, page 142:

...I grant in Barnes [William Barnes, the Dorset dialect poet] an unusual independence and originality, due partly to his circumstances.... His rhythms are charming and most characteristic.... I have set tunes to two of them which appear to me very suitable to the words and as if drawn out of them, and one I have harmonised and got today played; but I can never succeed with piano music, for the piano cannot really execute independent parts, as I make mine; indeed my pianist said to me, Your music dates from a time before the piano was invented. However two schoolboys sang the air; which went …   more >>
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Gerard Manley Hopkins, Letter from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Coventry Patmore, 6. Oct. 1886. In Gerald Roberts (ed.), Selected prose (Oxford, 1980), p. 142. accessed: 6 December, 2023

location of experience: University College Dublin


Gerard Manley Hopkins
Jesuit, Poet

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poems of William Barnes
written by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Date/Time 6 October, 1886
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:17:30 +0100