The Early Twentieth Century

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Blog Topics for Week 3 – Based on Weeks One and Two


The Early Twentieth Century- Gerard Manley Hopkins & Joseph Conrad

Chose any one topic for this week. Be creative, concise and edit your work carefully! Enjoy

1/ Take the first line of any one of Hopkins’ poems and write your own poem celebrating the arrival of Spring in your part of the world. Try to incorporate some of Hopkins’s amazing experimentation with language texture especially with sounds.

2/ “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things” (God’sGrandeur)

“Selves – goes itself; myself it speaks and spells” (“Askingfisherscatchfire”)

Hopkins’ poetry seems to want to plummet down into the core of things, of human beings: why does he want to do this?

3/Describe an experience in your own life where you seem to have touched something much deeper than…

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