Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Hopkins' poetry presents:
extensive introductory comments on the contexts, critical history and interpretations of his work, from composition to the present
annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews and critical works
unabridged texts of twenty-nine of Hopkins' most important poems, with detailed annotations
cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
suggestions for futher reading.
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Hopkins's work and seeking not only a guide to the poems, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.
Alice Jenkins is lecturer in the department of English at the University of Glasgow