Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), a very influential though difficult Victorian era poet.  Most of his works were published posthumously, and he is a rare example of an author who was almost unknown during his lifetime but became much appreciated after death. Though there quite many authors who became famous after death, Franz Kafka, Edgard Alan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and the poet John Keats to name a few, most of them tried to write “professionally ” while for Hopkins, a devout Roman Catholic who converted from Anglicanism, and a Jesuit priest by vocation, poetry was something intimate, an occupation that had to be pursued privately.

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