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"But Who Looks East at Sunset?" Gerard Manley Hopkins and Scientific Perception

Nowviskie, Bethany
Format
Conference Proceeding
Author
Nowviskie, Bethany
Abstract
This essay examines published scientific writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins in the context of his poetry, journal-writing, and correspondence on subjective and objective cognition, or “unusually observant” perception. Hopkins’ response to special atmospheric conditions (the after-effects of the Krakatoa eruption, and the phenomenon of rayons du crepuscule at sunset) is considered in a matrix of Victorian scientific amateurism, conflicting views on observational agency and perspective, and precision in poetic and descriptive language. Key to valid scientific observation, for Hopkins, are internal and perspectival conditions under which the outside world may be “beautifully witnessed.”
Language
English
Date Received
20130805
Published
University of Virginia, 4 October 2010
Published Date
4 October 2010
Notes
See also: http://nowviskie.org/2010/but-who-looks-east-at-sunset
Collection
Libra Open Repository
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