Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Child is Father to the Man



'The child is father to the man.'
How can he be? The words are wild.
Suck any sense from that who can:
'The child is father to the man.'
No; what the poet did write ran,
'The man is father to the child.'
'The child is father to the man!'
How can he be? The words are wild!


— Gerard Manley Hopkins


This Fathers' Day we share Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) The Child is Father to the Man. One of the leading Victorian poets, Hopkins "sprung rhythm" poetry ran contrary to the rhyming poetry of the time.