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Roundtable Series: Finding God in a Poem - Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Finding God in a Poem - Gerard Manley Hopkins, led by Dr. Tom Butler.

In 19th-century England, Gerard Manley Hopkins took the wildly unpopular step of converting to Catholicism and then, adding insult to injury, in the minds of many, he was ordained a Jesuit priest. All the while he wrote some of the most innovative poetry of the era. Hopkins spent much time thinking about how poetry could work in the service of Christianity and proposed a form of writing that sought to imitate how God, according to Catholic teaching, manifests himself in the Eucharist. Poems then become steeped in divinity. During this roundtable session, we’ll read some of these poems and try to understand how they work.

Dr. Butler is a Professor of English at EKU. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in Literature at Notre Dame, he majored in philosophy at Loyola College Maryland and earned an MA in philosophy at Katholieke Uninversiteit Leuven, Belgium.

This event will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 3pm-4pm in the Main Library, Room 208.

UPDATE: due to unforeseen circumstances, a zoom stream will not be available for this in-person event.

All EKU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Please follow all EKU mandated health and safety protocols.

For more information about the EKU Philosophy and Religious Studies Roundtable Series, see:

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