Short Note: “To R. B.”: Hopkins’ Ovidian Letter from the Black Sea*

Hejduk, Julia
March 2010
International Journal of the Classical Tradition;Mar2010, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p53
Poetry Review
The article offers poetry criticism of the poem "To R. B.," by Gerard Manley Hopkins. It states that the poem does not resemble Hopkins' style, and is aligned most closely with the exile poetry of Ovid. It mentions that the poem is an example of the self-referent, literary, and epistolary style that characterizes Ovid's poetic letters from exile. Furthermore, features that are unique in Hopkins' work including the metaphors, the focus on poetic creation, and the epistolary format are discussed.


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