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|Title:||The Theme of Self-denial in the Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins|
|Authors:||Hackett, Carolyn Susan|
|Advisor:||Ferns, H. J.|
|Keywords:||English Language and Literature;English Language and Literature|
|Abstract:||<p>A close study of the poetic canon of Gerard Manley Hopkins reveals the recurring theme of self-denial, which manifests itself not only as Hopkins' denial of his personal desires, but also as the abasement of his image of himself. A reading of Hopkins' correspondence, journals, sermons and devotional writings supports the poetry's suggestion that Hopkins' practice of self-denial (and self-deprecation) reflects his concern over the nature of his relationship with God. Only gradually does he come to accept his complete dependence on his Creator. In my thesis I comment on the poems in the light of the evidence for self-denial in the other primary sources. Concentrating on the poetry, I chart both the ebb and flow of self-denial as Hopkins passes through stages of optimism and desolation to a more tranquil and self-tolerant state of mind due to religious conviction.</p>|
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