Jerome Bump (essay date 1982)
SOURCE: "A New Style," in Gerard Manley Hopkins, Twayne, 1982, pp. 64-92.
[Bump is an American critic with a special interest in Hopkins's work. In the following excerpt, he offers a stylistic analysis of his poetry, focusing on the recurrence or "parallelism" of certain sounds in Hopkins's work.]
Hopkins's new style was developed in response to his question, "If the best prose and the best poetry use the same language… why not use unfettered prose?" [Journals of Gerard Manley Hopkins]. He answered, "It is...
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