New York: Bookman Associates, 1959. First edition. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Price-clipped torn corner of bright dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #781
"HOPKINS' POETRY IS STRIKINGLY CONSONANT WITH THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST. IGNATIUS AS EMBODIED IN HIS SPIRITUAL EXERCISES" First edition study of the influence of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises on the life and work of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is usually linked to the metaphysical influences of the medieval philosopher Duns Scotus. The thought of the Franciscan Scotus figures prominently in this study but Dr. Downes asserts that the natural ascetic inclinations of the Jesuit poet were enhanced by the Ignatian discipline of the Spiritual Exercises, reflected in Hopkins' work from the Wreck of the Deutschland onwards. With an Introduction (dated, "Seattle, January, 1959") and six chapters: Chapter One. Elected Silence: Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889, Chapter Two. Ignatius and Hopkins, Chapter Three. Ignatius and the Wreck, Chapter Four. Ignatian Spirit of the Priest-Poet, Chapter Five. The Desolate Self of the Terrible Sonnets, Chapter Six. Hopkins and the Meditative Tradition. Postscript. Dust jacket design by Margaret Krebs.