The Great Poets – Gerard Manley Hopkins (selections)
Jeremy Northam delights the ear
The presence of Gerard Manley Hopkins on the A-level English syllabus for more than forty years means that anyone with a love of language has at least some lines of his poems by heart, so many of you will be able to murmur along as you listen to Gerard Manley Hopkins, the latest in the Great Poets series. Jeremy Northam delights the ear with thirty-eight of Hopkins’s finest poems, beginning with the little jewel of Heaven-Haven and including the incandescent Wreck of the Deutschland and the vaulting leaps of The Windhover.
Christina Hardyment, The Times
To read Hopkins’s poetry aloud, you have to be sensitive to all his chiming alliteration, assonance and idiosyncratic rhythm, and yet allow the poet’s own voice to be heard. Jeremy Northam does just that, giving the listener the essence of Hopkins: the ‘dearest freshness deep down things’.
Rachel Redford, The Observer