Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems In Musical Adaptations
 
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Revd Dr Maggi Dawn
Anglican Priest & Singer-Songwriter

 

 
 Sean's music is completely sympathetic to the complex rhythms of Hopkins' poetry. Musically, if you like Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Johnny Cash, you'd be likely to fall in love with O'Leary too. The world is charged with the grandeur of God is usually to be heard recited in rather posh, distant tones; Sean sings it in a kind of gentle acoustic-rap and it absoultely comes to life. Glory be to God for dappled things gives an appropriately country touch to this pastoral reflection.

The Wreck of the Deutschland is a less famous story than the sinking of the Titanic, but similarly shocking to the readers of the headlines in 1875, when an apparently unsinkable ship went down in stormy seas, and many were drowned. Hopkins engages the story as a metaphor for the human race afloat on the seas of life in a long, narrative poem; Sean O'Leary replays it as a kind of folk-epic, building the tension and the angst as the story progresses.

 
Read Maggi Dawn's entire online review article the Alchemist
 
© Maggi Dawn 2005