Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Hopkins’ poetry presents:
- extensive introductory comments on the contexts, critical history and interpretations of his work, from composition to the present
- annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews and critical works
- unabridged texts of twenty-nine of Hopkins’ most important poems, with detailed annotations
- cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
- suggestions for futher reading.
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Hopkins’s work and seeking not only a guide to the poems, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.
Alice Jenkins is lecturer in the department of English at the University of Glasgow