Richard Austin

  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Location: St. John Francis Regis Chapel
  • Organization:

“Catholicism in the Modern World”

Regis University Catholic Speakers Series

The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Performed by Mr. Richard Austin

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:00 P.M.
St. John Francis Regis Chapel on the Lowell Campus
3333 Regis Blvd. (Lowell and 53rd Avenue)

Hopkins’ life and work are like a rushing river which, constrained on either side by rough rocks, has not the luxury of lateral spread to meander the broad plain but cuts instead a deep canyon. His worldly experience was narrow and the restrictions he placed upon himself severe but this has only served to deepen and magnify the cutting power of his legacy. It is precisely because he explored this vertical and inward axis that his work has such intense relevance – he has cut through the strata of human experience and his poetry resonates at every level.
In short I feel that I have developed a strong personal relationship with this poet which is of immense value in my life – as deep as any I have with anyone currently living. Then I read in his writings that he considered his work to be only partially complete without a voice to sound it aloud:
“till it is spoken it is not performed, it does not perform, it is not itself.”
I realised that perhaps there was something that I could do for him in return for all that he has given me. Perhaps by performing his poetry I could enable his work to live as he always intended and wished that it would do (“it is my precise aim”) and at the same time perhaps the work would become more accessible and be able to reach a wider audience.
That is how I became a Hopkins performer (Richard Austin, 2003).

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sr. Peg Maloney at: pmaloney@regis.edu or 303-964-5715.

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