Who is this poet?

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  1. Gina B

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    I came across some poems in a volume of books, and decided this one I found was my new hero. :-D I hadn't read anything by him before, and I wrote down his name and the names of my favorite ones and LOST IT and have no clue which of the books it was at the library I was reading! GRRRR
    This is going to be VERY vague, so if you guess it I'll be amazed at you. ROFL
    I would guess it was maybe late 1800's? His style was vastly different from the popular style at the time, and I don't think anyone got it until after his death, and many people probably still don't. There seems to be a certain set of about 6 that caught my eye..VERY dark, they're obviously separated from the rest of his works because of this. His style is broken, vague, but to a half-insane person makes perfect sense. [​IMG] There seem to be strong spiritual overtones to his work, perhaps a wrestling with his identity in Christ?
    There, my nonprofessional psycho-analysis of a poet. Sound familiar to anyone? I'm tryin' for all I'm worth to remember at least the name of one of the poems!
    Gina
     
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    T.S. Eliot? I believe he was a Christian,BTW.

    Walt Whitman?

    Just a couple of guesses...
     
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    Gina,here's a site devoted to T.S. Eliot. Even if he's not the guy you're looking for,you might like him. He's one of my son's favorite poets,BTW.

    http://www.deathclock.com/thunder/
     
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    T.S. Eliot, grew up in the Unitarian Church and was greatly influenced by humanism. He was later baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. He remained quite sacramental in the Anglo-Catholic branch of the Church of England. He did publish a recantation of his abuse on Milton, and also wrote an essay on The Idea of a Christian Society.

    Christian in essence, but substance might be another question.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    PS, He died a citizen of the UK in 1965.

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  5. Gina B

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    Thanks Liz, I boomarked it to my favorites list. I'm supposed to not be here right now, but I couldn't get it off my mind and had to keep looking.
    I FOUND IT!:-D
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889
    Went from something to Catholic, then
    After graduation he taught for a while and in 1868 became a Jesuit novice at Roehampton until 1870. He then went on to study at Stoneyhurst (1870-3) and was ordained priest in 1877.
    Was a greek scholar or something.
    ANYHOW, the first poem that caught my attention yesterday was

    The Habit of Perfection
    ELECTED Silence, sing to me
    And beat upon my whorlèd ear,
    Pipe me to pastures still and be
    The music that I care to hear.

    Shape nothing, lips; be lovely-dumb:
    It is the shut, the curfew sent
    From there where all surrenders come
    Which only makes you eloquent.

    Be shellèd, eyes, with double dark
    And find the uncreated light:
    This ruck and reel which you remark
    Coils, keeps, and teases simple sight.

    Palate, the hutch of tasty lust,
    Desire not to be rinsed with wine:
    The can must be so sweet, the crust
    So fresh that come in fasts divine!

    Nostrils, your careless breath that spend
    Upon the stir and keep of pride,
    What relish shall the censers send
    Along the sanctuary side!

    O feel-of-primrose hands, O feet
    That want the yield of plushy sward,
    But you shall walk the golden street,
    And you unhouse and house the Lord.

    And, Poverty, be thou the bride
    And now the marriage feast begun,
    And lily-coloured clothes provide
    Your spouse not laboured-at, nor spun
     

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