A summary of ‘Moonrise’, a lesser-known poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins
‘Moonrise’ is subtitled ‘June 19 1876’. It’s not one of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s best-known poems, and may have been left in fragment form; alternatively, it can be read as a short complete poem. We’re not sure what Hopkins himself intended to do with the poem, since, as we’ve revealed elsewhere, he didn’t see many of his own poems into print during his lifetime. Here is the poem, along with a few thoughts on the poem which might be considered ‘notes towards an analysis of the poem’.
I awoke in the Midsummer not to call night, in the white and the walk of the morning:
The moon, dwindled and thinned to the fringe of a finger-nail held to the candle,
Or paring of paradisaïcal fruit, lovely in waning but lustreless,
Stepped from the stool, drew back from the…
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