“Lovescape crucified”: Gerard Manley Hopkins’s red letter and “The Wreck of the Deutschland”

Owen Holland*

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This essay investigates whether Gerard Manley Hopkins’s famous ‘red letter’ of 1871 might open the way to a new reading of ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’, and whether the Paris Commune thus offered up to Hopkins an analogical prototype of the ‘Lovescape crucified’ that he would elaborate more fully in his poetic meditation on the death by drowning of five Franciscan nuns four years later. It considers Hopkins’s response to the revolutionary event of the Commune, his correspondence with Robert Bridges on this topic, and the extent to which ‘The Wreck’ both represses and resurrects Hopkins’s unexpected moment of revolutionary enthusiasm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1756-1777
JournalTextual Practice
Volume37
Issue number11
Early online date22 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Hopkins
  • Paris commune
  • revolutionary confusion
  • divine violence
  • love
  • excess

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