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Post by aradlaw » November 12th, 2017, 8:04 am

Hurrahing in Harvest by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 - 1889).

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A poem in honor of the U. S. Thanksgiving.
Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ was an English poet, Catholic and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His manipulation of prosody (particularly his invention of sprung rhythm and use of imagery) established him as an innovative writer of verse. Two of his major themes were nature and religion. ( Wikipedia)
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SUMMER ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the
stooks rise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely
behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?

I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes,
Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our
Saviour;
And, éyes, heárt, what looks, what lips yet gave you a
Rapturous love's greeting of realer, of rounder replies?

And the azurous hung hills are his world-wielding
shoulder
Majestic—as a stallion stalwart, very-violet-sweet!—
These things, these things were here and but the
beholder
Wanting; which two when they once meet,
The heart rears wings bold and bolder
And hurls for him, O half hurls earth for him off
under his feet.

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 19th, 2017, 9:52 am

David and all poetry readers,

What to the accents mean in the line "And, éyes, heárt, what looks".

If it was over the e in a word like "lookéd", I would know to say "look-ed" rather than "lookt", but I'm a bit thrown on how to do something similar with eyes and heart.

:hmm:

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Post by pschempf » November 19th, 2017, 10:43 am

MaryAnn-

Here's what Wiki says about acute accents in English words-

The acute accent is sometimes (though rarely) used for poetic purposes:

It can mark stress on an unusual syllable: for example, caléndar to indicate [kəˈlɛn.dɚ] (rather than the standard [ˈkæl.ən.dɚ]).

It can disambiguate stress where the distinction is metrically important: for example, rébel (as opposed to rebél), or áll trádes, to show that the phrase is pronounced as a spondee, rather than the
more natural iamb.

It can indicate the sounding of an ordinarily silent letter: for example, pickéd to indicate the pronunciation [ˈpɪkɪd], rather than standard [pɪkt] (the grave accent is more common for this last purpose).


Both words are single syllables so that eliminates the first usage (unless his intent is to make them into two syllable words?). The third is the use you mention, also not appropriate in this case.

That leaves the second, so I'm guessing Hopkins intent was to set the rhythm of the line, pronouncing eyes and heart as a spondee. (More on spondee here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spondee). This falls in line with Hopkins use of "sprung rhythm".

My initial reaction was just to read it as if the diacriticals weren't there, but your inquiry has perhaps now altered that plan and I may try to reflect Hopkins desire rather than mine. :)
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Post by adonis » November 19th, 2017, 2:15 pm

This is my go, keeping to the sprung rhythm, at least in my opinion.

Length: 1:31

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/harvest_hopkins_ta_128kb.mp3

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Post by NemoR » November 19th, 2017, 7:08 pm

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Post by Algy Pug » November 19th, 2017, 7:19 pm

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Post by aradlaw » November 20th, 2017, 11:25 am

Thank you MaryAnn, Tony, Nemo, Algy and Erin. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » November 23rd, 2017, 11:07 am

Happy Thanksgiving David -

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/harvest_hopkins_ps_128kb.mp3
Track length: 1:23
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Post by mdatcher » November 23rd, 2017, 12:46 pm

I doubt I captured the poetic subtlety, but here's my attempt.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/harvest_hopkins_msd_128kb.mp3
1:26

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Post by aradlaw » November 23rd, 2017, 7:47 pm

Thank you Phil and Matthew. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » November 24th, 2017, 3:01 pm

Here is my reading, could someone please PL ?
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/harvest_hopkins_dl_128kb.mp3
1:25
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Post by brucek » November 24th, 2017, 6:39 pm

Hi David,

Good, but . . .

For: "Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?"
I'm hearing: "*Meal-driven* moulded ever and melted across skies?"

For: "Rapturous love's greeting of realer, of rounder replies?"
I'm not hearing at all the phrase: "of realer, of rounder replies?"

And for: "Wanting; which two when they once meet,"
I'm hearing: "Wanting; which two when they once *met*,"

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