Carrion Comfort: A Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins (4-minute video)

To appreciate this sensitively read poem, it needs to be listened to several times. This is a poem of spiritual desolation, showing Hopkins at his most harrowing .

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33 thoughts on “Carrion Comfort: A Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins (4-minute video)

  1. my machine’s audio and video capabilities has been deactivated and disabled permanently to prevent snooping .
    would you please ,if possible ,publish the poem ,in printing format,.
    is it permissible to post a poem as a comment in this thread.
    Thank You

    ADMIN: Yes, it is permissible to post a short poem as a comment. But the poem must be appropriate as well as short.

  2. Melancholy is something some of us have experienced so very well. Hopkins poems are said by some to be addressed to God and are themselves consolations. Hopkins is also said to have eventually reached a vision not unlike the glimpse of the Paradiso of Dante.

    1. Winston, that’s interesting, Hopkins vision.
      Just yesterday I read of a similar vision.

      “Without learning, studying or practising yoga Heisenberg, a famous nuclear physicist and formulator of the Law of Indeterminacy, unwittingly entered a state that is a high goal for yogis, Nirvikalpa Samadhi.”

      1. Thanks HP, the article about Heisenberg is fascinating.

        In my own experience, melancholy eventually resulted in a glimpse of – something. It wasn’t Samadhi , but a look at someplace. While working in Thailand I received news that a good friend had died, only one week after being married. I say he was good because by example, while walking in the streets of NYC as teenagers he didn’t desert me when I found myself suddenly alone surrounded by a group of Hispanic youths quite ready to inflict harm. His wife was a really nice kid, I met her. News of his death by cerebral hemorrhage devastated me. I walked to a small Buddhist temple by the sea and lit a stick of incense.There was nothing else I could think to do. A monk watched compassionately. You light one stick only for the dead. The devastation you never really get over; but you move on…

        A while later, in a dream, I visited America, a place where we used to go camping when we were younger. He was there at that place, but I couldn’t see him, only felt his presence.

        Then sometime later, he visited a dream again while I was in Bangkok. This time I saw him face to face, nothing more, just saw him for a while.

        Then, months after he died while traveling North on the sleeper train from Malaysia to Bangkok, I met him in a dream one last time. This time he was saying goodbye. I saw where he was going, it was the most beautiful vision of light you could imagine. I woke up in tears because I was so happy for him, I knew he had made it.

  3. HP, Regrettably, there is little to be done with so many, even when you like them. People like him are rare.

    Later, I found out the other circumstances. My friends father left his mother, one of the nicest people I ever knew, for a younger woman, then promised his son the family business if he would drop out of college and help him, which he did. A few of years later the father sold the business and took it all.

    It makes you value the ones you care about more, while there is time.

  4. Make the poem short and sweet
    WE don’t have time
    We are busy,
    We are rushed
    We are frantic from modern life
    We are frantic from the pace
    hectic hectic hectic!
    information bombarding is from every direction,
    Never Ending!
    and We can’t be bothered with anything long
    prose or poetry! Make It Short!
    WE got Attention Deficit Disorder!!!!!!!!!!!
    Concentrating is a Strain on Us!!!!!!
    So please do be kind and make it short!
    And if you must, if you feel you really have to,
    if you send us a video, please! No longer than 30 seconds!
    Anything longer goes in the trash bin!!! *grin*

    1. «And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
      And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell : the soil
      Is bare now, nor can foot fell, being shod.»
      God’s Grandeur.

  5. By God!
    Only today I was going over a poem, line by line, by Gerard Manley Hopkins, with my older brother. One of my favourites: Spring and Fall: To a Young Child.
    Then, as I opened my browser my eyes fell on this post.
    What are the odds, I wonder?
    Here is the poem, I am sure many will enjoy.
    —————————————————————————
    Spring and Fall: To a Young Child

    Margaret are you grieving
    Over Goldengrove unleaving?
    Leaves, like the things of man, you
    With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
    Ah! As the heart grows older
    It will come to such sights colder
    By and by, nor spare a sigh
    Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
    And yet you will weep and know why.
    Now no matter, child, the name:
    Sorrow’s springs are the same.
    Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
    What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
    It is the blight man was born for,
    It is Margaret you mourn for.
    ———————————————————-
    And I too weep, yet again, beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

      1. Reading the Habit of Perfection leaves me with a sense of spiritual ecstasy.
        There comes a point where all words fail and there is only experience. The early Sufis called it ‘the secret’ between you and God. When the soul experiences a taste of it, nothing else suffices except unending love; unending love of God that naturally leads to unending love of creation.

      2. How fitting.
        Which is why I will never publish my “Best Sonnets”.
        Because they are terrible.
        Among my talents, not the least is knowing which talents I lack, poetry being one.
        Incidentally, a psychologist friend told me the other day that despite my conviction, I don’t have ADHD, despite many seemingly clear symptoms, she specializes in this field and should know the score.

        Still, it was kind of tough sitting through this video, I was fidgety because I can’t get into that mood, even when sad, I plot some action, reaction, intervention or alternative.
        If Dante Aleghieri’s Beatrice took me on that grand tour of afterlife states, I’d be sure to get arrested along the way for causing disturbance.

        Pound’s Usura is my favorite because though desolate and despairing, it is full of anger at the offending entity, clearly identified and marked for either Irae Dies or man’s revenge … I greatly prefer the latter.

      3. @Lobro

        Among my talents, not the least is knowing which talents I lack, poetry being one.

        Incidentally, a psychologist friend told me the other day that despite my conviction, I don’t have ADHD, despite many seemingly clear symptoms, she specializes in this field and should know the score.

        Incidentally, this is not about your talents or the lack of thereof. This is not about your medical condition either. This is about Gerard Hopkins’ poetry. Do you have an opinion on the subject at hand?

        If you insist on discussing your personality and your medical condition, it seems to me that the lack of decency and dignity is the major health problem you have. And the most outstanding talent you are full of is that of sensing what makes a good lackey and using that insight to be one.

      4. @ Circassian

        I allowed your hostile comment to Lobro to be posted on the understanding that Lobro is a man who is capable of fighting his own battles, without the need for Admin’s protection.

      5. yes circassian, of course i have an opinion.
        of you.
        it will never change, because i smoked you ages ago, namely that you are a coldly evil psychopath, maybe not even a Jew but eager to do their work.
        Enjoying poisoning every gentile (meaning, human, definitely not your genus) well, attacking ad hominem, ad nominem, otherwise promoting banal clatter as ersatz wisdom to buy whatever pitiful credit is still extended to you.
        Feel free to attack me, i am waiting and not shy to tell you to your face like some of the others who haven’t yet worked up the store of disgust i feel for you.

        where is the rest of your ghastly cohort, have they coalesced yet into a new golem?

        oh yes, let’s stick to Hopkins: it is the lost, empty, soulless phantoms like you, Circassian wailing in the night, that existentially depressed Hopkins.
        Makes you proud, doesn’t it.

        Well, evil has its place in the scheme of things, keep creaking away.

      6. Circassian,

        Haven’t you got anything better to do with your time than launch another needless ad hominem attack on the good Lobro? Lobro’s comment about Hopkins was not only harmless and inoffensive but also of intrinsic interest, since it gave us a fascinating insight into Lobro’s attitudes to life and poetry.

        If you are looking for a sparring partner, Circassian, pick on me!
        I will knock you out of the ring in the first round. You wouldn’t stand a chance! 🙂

      7. @Lobro

        yes circassian, of course i have an opinion.
        of you.

        You are not listening. Read my lips. Do you have an opinion on the subject at hand?

        If you don’t, then it seems you have every reason to shut up and wait till some worthy thoughts coalesce in your head. This would be a good way to show your respect for readers’ time.

      8. @ Circassian

        Simple question: Why are on this website since you never address any of the issues? Is it simply to annoy as many people as possible and see how many of our best posters you can enrage and get to leave the website in disgust?

      9. I think Lobro has a right to be left alone by you. If he tells us that you are not to address him any more unless he addresses you first, we will then delete all future posts in which you attempt to needle him and get on his nerves.

      10. @Admin Toby

        I think Lobro has a right to be left alone by you. If he tells us that you are not to address him any more unless he addresses you first, we will then delete all future posts in which you attempt to needle him and get on his nerves.

        Toby, I think not that Lobro would go as low as to beg for your protection because he is a fighter with a zeal for revenge, as he proudly informed us. Besides, it would be ridiculous for Lobro to issue another ultimatum to site admins considering the pathetic situation he put himself in.

        But, of course, you are free to do whatever you please – this is your site after all.

      11. Circassian,

        This is not a question of Lobro throwing himself “under our protection”, as you well know. It’s a question of Admin having a duty to make sure you don’t go out of your way to needle him and get on his nerves all the time. The same would apply if you decided to pick on Carnaptious or anyone else. Why should our best posters have to put up with your constant baiting, nitpicking, mockery and ridicule? If you expect us to condone all this mindless sadism, think again! Lobro doesn’t need to give us an “ultimatum”. We will intercede on his behalf WITHOUT an ultimatum if you continue to pester him.

      12. Toby, lotsa thanks for kind concern and you will of course do as you see fit, your primary allegiance being to the smooth running of the website, including ensuring that no one can overly disturb the course of discussion – you set the limits and you enforce them (“you” meaning Monica and yourself).

        That said, i don’t have a giant problem with circassian, having dealt with him at some length, i see some interesting traits and characteristics that are worth studying in principle and in action.
        Kind of like an entomologist (?) studying a venomous yet fascinating bug, if you are on the lookout for the poison stinger, there can be useful information to be gleaned from its behavior, especially given who and what he represents, which blueprint is he designed to follow.

        By way of example, consider the following (I had intimation of this before but this time caught him cold).
        In his foul attack on Carnaptious, having identified him as a “soft” target, i.e., valuable to the threads as a thoughtful, well-informed poster, yet possibly vulnerable to a campaign of harassment, he says the following:

        Seems then you have every reason to shut up and wait till some worthy thoughts coalesce in your head on the subject at hand.

        and just now, he carbon copies himself, parrot parroting the parrot:

        Do you have an opinion on the subject at hand?

        If you don’t, then it seems you have every reason to shut up and wait till some worthy thoughts coalesce in your head.

        🙂 carcassian waxing creative …

        plagiarism is an essentially jewish state of existence, a hungry parasite will cannibalize itself.
        I think of circassian as some sort of droid, he is so mechanical, maybe he has a special keyboard where the individual letters of the alphabet are replaced by entire phrases and soundbites that he pops as appropriate to the occasion.

        Ultimately, like every slave of the Enemy of Christ, he is a pitiful figure, forever deprived of the joys of unfettered creation that only devotion to truth, wherever it leads, promises, like a prospector out in the great outdoors, following his hunch in search for the Philosopher’s Stone.
        So, Carcassian, not only are you circumcised but moreover, castrated, a triple-C.

        Here is hoping that you grow some and rejoin the living.

        In the meantime, continue to provide us with valuable service so that we may learn through you of your master’s ways.

      13. i see that i misspelled his moniker as CARCASSian, rather than CIRCASSIAN.

        this is an honest mistake, though i see him as a sort of an empty shell and have said so, a kind of carcass of a human and duly pity him for his bondage to the unholy, it is not my habit to twist the posters’ names in order to score cheap points, i would not consciously stoop to that.
        But the subconscious has a way of playing tricks on us, doesn’t it, having pegged him as a subhuman.

        So, a tiny apology is due to you CIRCASSian, never let it be said that i carry a debt to someone who is not a friend.
        Stick around and start digging yourself out of the unholy-hole, read, learn and maybe, just maybe, in the years to come,
        some worthy thoughts might coalesce in your head. 😀

      14. @Lobro

        Toby, lotsa thanks for kind concern and you will of course do as you see fit, your primary allegiance being to the smooth running of the website, including ensuring that no one can overly disturb the course of discussion – you set the limits and you enforce them (“you” meaning Monica and yourself).

        I have opined earlier: “Toby, I think not that Lobro would go as low as to beg for your protection”. Boy was I wrong! Even Sardonicus didn’t go that low.

        This noble protector of the weak and the meek is not capable of protecting his own ass. Even begging for protection he does in the most duplicitous and most undignified manner. Now I am not even sure he understood that Grammar Fiend was not referring to his height when he called him “a little man”.

        Toby, if you wish to take over the job of cleaning up after this unclean person, I shall have no objection to that – he is all yours, man.

      15. @ Circassian

        Sorry, but I can’t allow you to go attacking Lobro like this. It’s not fair on him. If I were in Lobro’s position, I would expect the monitor to step in at this point and say, “This has to stop.” You forget that every boxing match has a referee, and that I am the referee here.

        This website is not a boxing ring in which free-for-all fighting with knuckle dusters is allowed. It is a forum for civilized discusson. People are free to disagree with each other. They are not allowed to abuse, vilify, defame and try to castrate each other in public

        All future comments from you to Lobro will be deleted. Your sole object for visiting this website, it seems to me, is to cause major disruptions. You declared yourself an enemy of this website from Day One when you pronounced Lasha Darkmoon “Queen of the Shit House”. So it’s not as if we in Admin are unaware of your self-appointed role of malignant troll and site saboteur.

        In regard to Lobro, I declare you guilty of attempted “vendetta castration”.

        You began your assault on this website by conducting a prolonged “vendetta castration” op against Lobro, driving him to near distraction by your constant nitpicking and demonstration of Lobro’s (allegedly) total ignorance of all matters under the sun, including mathematics and quantum physics. Driven to desperation, Lobro threatened to leave the site unless we banned you. Lobro was 100% in the right to demand your removal because you were clearly up to no good. You were obviously conducting a deliberate campaign of character assassination and demoralization against Lobro. This has now been given a name: “vendetta castration”.

        https://www.darkmoon.me/2017/on-troll-techniques-and-vendetta-castration/

      16. Toby, just one more remark:
        one of the core characteristics, unique to a born and bred jew and what sharply distinguishes jew from human, just like a triangle shaped skull delineates vipers from garden variety snakes is Absolute Shamelessness.
        We consider it a form of depravity and a very disagreeable feature, like a terrible body odor.
        Jews consider it a virtue and have a name for it, Chutzpah.

        in the above comments, you can see it on full display in this Circassian, who, I am now beyond certain, is a jew.
        After being outed as the cheapest plagiarist, with a smoking gun, undeniable proof, do you think he would or could, ever flinch in shame?
        Not on your life, he just blithely sails along, as arrogantly vain as ever, a giant turd sedately sailing down the sewer, unaffected by filth because no filth can exceed his congenital one, perfectly at home with any shame you could name, wearing it like a medal of honor.

        a scatological Jew, nothing more, nothing less, putrid and proud of it.
        But i wasted enough precious seconds on the phenomenology of this particular example of perdition, let’s get back up to the human strata.

      17. @ Admin Toby

        COMMENT DELETED.

        You had the last word on Lobro with your previous comment. Wisely, he refrained from answering it. So this exchange between you and Lobro has now reached an end. FINITO.

        You may continue posting here as long as you concentrate on the issues and do not refer to Lobro again, either directly or indirectly. He has no wish for any further communication with you and has made that absolutely clear. If you pick on other posters unfairly and attempt to hassle and humiliate them, as you did with Carnaptious, your comments will just be deleted. So don’t bother.

        Get yourself something worthwhile to do with your time, like maybe write a book on Quantum Physics or engage in acts of charity, like helping nice babushkas to cross the road.

      18. Since Quantum Physics appears to be one of your interests, let me ask you a question. (Others here, I hope, will also give their input.) A simple “YES” or “NO” will suffice.

        QUESTION: Today I saw a book for sale in a bookshop which I was thinking of buying, but didn’t. Its title was:

        “The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen”
        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Universe-Everything-that-happen/dp/0241952700

        QUESTION: Would you recommend a book with a title like that? Does the subtitle appeal to you or is whole idea behind it dangerous nonsense?

      19. @ Admin Toby

        I am not quite sure that my answer to your Quantum Physics question will be to your liking, so, if you excuse me, I would rather not waste my time on it.

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