Joseph J. FeeneyMarch 25, 2015
‘I am so happy, I am so happy,” said Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., as he was dying in Dublin on June 8, 1889. As rich and resonant as any words in his poems, these words offer a multilayered commentary on his life and reputation. In 1889 he was happy to go to God as an unknown poet; in 20
Books
Joseph J. FeeneyMarch 12, 2014
A short and intriguing book Piero Boitani rsquo s The Gospel According to Shakespeare is written by a major scholar for everybody for scholars for non-scholars for us all It is a fine book and its intriguing quality is that the reader keeps wondering if Boitani can pull it off Can he establis
Books
Joseph J. FeeneyOctober 15, 2012
A sympathetic but unflinching portrait of James Joyce
Ideas
Joseph J. FeeneyJune 20, 2011

Gerard Manley Hopkins meets Elizabeth Taylor

Books
Joseph J. FeeneyMarch 19, 2007
Poor dear old Mother Machree in these nine stories she rsquo s long dead and buried God rest her and keep her Her sons aren rsquo t doing very well either These nine tales show sons no longer connecting with mothers mothers no longer close to their sons A grand storyteller Colm T oacute ib
Culture
Joseph J. FeeneyMarch 27, 2006
Old age should burn and rave at close of day,” screamed Dylan Thomas, but he was only 37. W. B. Yeats’s “Old Pensioner” “spit into the face of Time/ That has transfigured me,” but Yeats was just 27. Shakespeare, dying at 52, knew better: his Lear and Prospero, in
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Joseph J. FeeneyDecember 12, 2005
When a poet writes ldquo I rdquo what does he mean An Irish poet-friend tells me his ldquo I rdquo is always a fiction based on himself but never his real self Literary critics reading an ldquo I rdquo poem discuss the ldquo speaker rdquo or the ldquo voice rdquo but not the ldquo w
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Joseph J. FeeneyOctober 18, 2004
Diamonds and dross compete in this book all for a good cause The diamonds the sparkling poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins along with some less known but splendid prose The dross the preface introductions and commentary which are inaccurate overreaching and based on outmoded sources The good c
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Joseph J. FeeneySeptember 27, 2004
The good life in The Good Life is brittle fragile ironic impermanent And it is often Catholic In these 11 short stories Erin McGraw author of three books and professor of creative writing at Ohio State University watches hears and records contemporary America in 15-page snatches She drops i
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Joseph J. FeeneyDecember 22, 2003
ldquo Albion rdquo is a magic a mythic word It is the primal name of England itself and also of its whole island It is the Celtic Albio and the Gaelic Alba Its root-syllable alb ldquo white rdquo catches the whiteness of Dover rsquo s cliffs and suggests a pristine purity or blankness It