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Mine Own Familiar Friend

The Relationship between Gerard Hopkins and Robert Bridges

William Robert Adamson

Mine Own Familiar Friend adds a new dimension to Hopkins Studies through its exploration of the complex and sometimes confounding friendship between the Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Hopkins and the editor of his first collected works, the poet and critic Robert Bridges. The divide between the two men is evident in almost every sphere of their lives, in their approach to poetry, reading, criticism and language. Based upon the primary texts of the letters, poetry and critical writings of the two men, the book is aimed at both an academic and a more generalist audience: Hopkins scholars and those readers of Hopkins’s poetry who may want to know more about this unique modernist poet whose collected works were only published, thanks to Bridges, some twenty-nine years after his death.

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Academy, The 18fn, 75, 78fn, 94 104fn, 105fn

ambiguity 39, 41, 43, 45f, 85, 101

Anglicanism 1, 2, 8, 15, 74, 114

Anglo-Saxon 54, 58, 78, 114fn

Ariel 71f

Arkins, Brian 107

artistic scene, Dublin xiv

asceticism 99

Athenaeum, The 75, 78fn

Augustan poetry 76

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