Trollope’s Warden and the Problem of Medievalism

Rev. Stephen Harding, the warden of Hiram’s Hospital, is a gentle and humble man. He wants nothing more than to continue as precentor of the local cathedral in Barchester, leading the liturgy and filling the church with his voice, within his comfortable position as a beneficed clergyman at the hospital. There he has a comfortable … More Trollope’s Warden and the Problem of Medievalism

Discovering the Poetry of Father Hopkins

Above the chair where we’ll rock our daughter to sleep, across from the portrait of Br. Monday, and sharing the same wall as overly-earnest child Flannery O’Connor scowling poring over her book is a print of one of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s drawings. The sketch, dated July 25th and probably made during the 1860’s, depicts a beech tree … More Discovering the Poetry of Father Hopkins

Christmas with Hopkins

With his emphasis on the embodiment of Christ in his poetry, the priest-poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins has quite a few seasonal poems to choose from. Last year, we looked at one of his darker Christmas poems, but I thought we would be a little more festive this year. The stanza above is from “Ad Matrem Virginem,” … More Christmas with Hopkins

People or Books

There’s this classic Twilight Zone episode. Maybe you’ve seen it. A bibliophile finally has enough time to read, only at the cost of all other life and civilization itself. As fellow bibliophiles, we can have the tendency to focus on the final tragic moment when he loses his only way to read even though surrounded by … More People or Books