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—Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) was an English-Irish Jesuit priest and inspired poet. Oxford educated and from a religious Anglican family, he converted to Catholicism as a young man. His poems are remarkable for their inventive use of sound and meter. “Pied Beauty” sees beauty and God in a little-noted aspect of nature, one we often take for granted. It was Hopkins’ genius to find God in dappled things.