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May 10, 2009

Gerard Manley Hopkins as a Victorian Bob Dylan

Filed under: Dylanalia,Literature,Music — rmangum @ 12:21 am
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GerardManleyHopkinsWell, at least that’s the treatment he gets from Sean O’Leary in this musical setting of Hopkins’ poem “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection“. Okay, Leary’s vocals are more like Leonard Cohen, but the chords are reminiscent of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, and Hopkins’ long (one might even say “freewheeling”) lines. I like that he puts the resurrection part at the beginning rather than at the end, which I find to be an anxiety-induced happy ending the devout Catholic tacked on. Read the original poem here.

By the way, the Heraclitus of the title is well worth reading too. He was one of the greatest and strangest of the pre-Socratic Greek philosophers. Much of his Fragments reads like poetry, and at least one translation has set it in verse.Heraclitus,_Johannes_Moreelse

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