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Good ol’ Gerald Manley Hopkins


Gerald?

Someone at Exeter Cathedral must be purple-faced, cringing and hiding.

The Anglican cathedral in Devon recently installed engravings of poetry quotations in the pavements around the cathedral, ostensibly to inspire, stimulate thought and provoke imagination.

Instead, one of the engravings in particular has provoked incredulity, anger and embarrassment. The quotation in question – “The world is charged with the grandeur of God” – was mistakenly attributed to Gerald Manley Hopkins, instead of to its correct author – 19th-century English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. It’s moments like these I’m profoundly grateful that I work with a keyboard and not a chisel.

The BBC has the full story.

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