The Mind and Spirit of Gerard Manley Hopkins in “Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend”

Authors

  • S. Jerald Sagaya Nathan M.A., M. Phil., SET., NET., Assistant Professor of English St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Tiruchirappalli – 620002 India

Abstract

The aim of this research paper is to understand the Mind and Spirit of Gerard Manley Hopkins as found in “Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contendâ€. To achieve the above stated the technical skills of Hopkins are examined. This research paper also highlights the complex diction used by Hopkins to probe into his spiritual anxiety of having become non productive and noncreative towards the last phase of his life. The poem “Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend†in part being autobiographical presents the intimacy of Hopkins with God and his just anger in voicing the unjust suffering of the Good and the unfair prosperity of the evil ones. The poem being ascetic in tone expresses the despair expressed by Hopkins in sacrificing his position in the Society of Jesus and his subjugation of poetry to religious commitment.

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Published

2018-07-28