The Hound of Heaven A pocket sized illustrated version of the Francis Thompson s classic poem The Hound of Heaven

  • Title: The Hound of Heaven
  • Author: Francis Thompson Jean Young
  • ISBN: 9780819212054
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • A pocket sized illustrated version of the Francis Thompson s classic poem, The Hound of Heaven.

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    1. Francis Thompson Jean Young

      Francis Thompson was an English poet and ascetic After attending college, he moved to London to become a writer, but in menial work, became addicted to opium, and was a street vagrant for years A married couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his first book Poems in 1893 Thompson lived as an unbalanced invalid in Wales and at Storrington, but wrote three books of poetry, with other works and essays, before dying of tuberculosis in 1907.

    781 thoughts on “The Hound of Heaven”

    1. Do you ever get the feeling that enlightenment is weary with waiting, that enlightenment itself—passionately, relentlessly—is looking for you? If so, you may be inspired and moved this Francis Thompson ode. Perhaps it is fitting that, during the fin de siecle, when religious poetry was in fashion among the English aesthetes, that one of the greatest poems of Christian faith was composed by a derelict, an opiate addict who wandered the London streets with a small volume of Blake in one pocket [...]


    2. Run as far and as fast as your days will allow - the hunt that ends your days was your life - you and the hound will obey the voice of your master - one in the same.


    3. "The Hound of Heaven" is one of the most beautiful and insightful poems ever written. It is a perfect word picture of deviant, depraved, defiant Man running, running, running from God. Lovewho is personified as the Hound of heaven. Thompson's skillful and brilliant use of language is unsurpassed. Man's senseless, blind flight from God takes him "across the margent of the world the gold gateways of the stars", mindlessly thinking he can hide from Him - "I said to Dawn: Be sudden—to Eve: Be soon [...]


    4. This poem is absolutely beautiful. I studied this poem with our Church Adult Sunday School class under the wonderful teaching of my friend Greg Biddle. Though there is much old English in the poem, it is worth dissecting to find out the meanings and symbolism of this classic. I really enjoyed hearing Greg read the poem in it's entirity on the concluding class. He read it so beautifully, as it was meant to be read :)The artist R.H.Ives Gammell did some wonderful paintings that are based on this p [...]



    5. “This dramatization of God’s grace is one of the greatest Christian poems”- Quote Gene Edward VeithLiterary critic Francis Thompson’s idealistic, illuminative poetic tale about realistic redemption, is startlingly sincere -- as the protagonist is freed from his dark depravities. One is taken on a transcendental voyage of internal and literal realities, encapsulated within an evangelical experimental work of epic proportions. This enduring, eternal tale is one that has been re-told many t [...]


    6. Three stars for the poem (on a first reading, possibly to be revised), with an extra half-star for the woodcut illustrations, rounded up to four stars (as it feels like that's probably where I'll end up with it).I spotted this one on the shelf of Great Grandfather's Bookshop in Leyland, Lancashire, struck by the front cover illustration, then half remembering the title, then fully remembering the opening lines, though I can't quite place from where: the introduction to another book of poetry, I' [...]


    7. "And pulled my life upon me; grimed with smears,I stand amid the dust o’ the mounded years—My mangled youth lies dead beneath the heap.My days have crackled and gone up in smoke,Have puffed and burst as sun-starts on a stream."Yup. It's true.


    8. There are two definitions for 'hound:'(1) a type of dog that has a very good sense of smell and is trained to hunt(2) a person who is very determined to get something especially for a collection : a very enthusiastic collectorThroughout this poem it is not only clear that our hero, the hound, is God personified, but it is also painfully clear that both hound definitions, as described above, are entirely apt. So that's why I offered forth the hound definition up there at the beginning. Because it [...]


    9. A beautiful and intense ode to the inescapability of God's love, shamelessly archaic and grand, clearly influenced by the mystic visions of the likes of Blake and De Quincey.In Thompson's world, God is everywhere and cannot be avoided, regardless of how we may try and our motives for evasion ('Fear wist not to evade as Love wist to pursue') or all the enticements of the world around us, where even the splendors of Nature can't satisfy:'Drop yon blue bosom-veil of sky, and show meThe breasts o' h [...]


    10. "Alack, thou knowest not How little worthy of any love thou art! Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee,Save Me, save only Me? All which I took from thee I did but take,Not for thy harms, But just that thou might’st seek it in My arms."A soul runs from God, seeking anything but Him. But he is pursued by the Hound of Heaven. Intense. Beautiful. Even mystical. One to ponder. I've been reading this daily for a week or so and I keep seeing something more. This is intense. I love it.


    11. This is rapidly becoming my favorite poem ever. My favorite line in the poem is (view spoiler)["And its sweet tears were salt with mortal mine." (hide spoiler)] Thompson's eloquence about his encounter with God has helped me see my own in a better light.


    12. this is amazing! Really spoke to my heart, and will continue to do so, as I think this is the kind of thing that takes quite some time to really sink in. You need to keep reading it over and over, which I am planning to do.


    13. A beautiful poem. More to come in review after class discussion (hopefully). First: This sets the stage. A man is running from God, not literally, but fleeing from him through the years. Meaning that for all his life he has avoided God. Second: He flees to hearts, to the comfort of human love. Then he flees to science, which betrays him "in [its] constancy". And again we end with the contrasting difference between the fleeing man and the Pursuer. The former chaotic and spasmodic almost, while th [...]


    14. I am trying to learn how to understand poetry. This was my first shot. I will come back later to this when I am better at understanding poetry. I love the title though.


    15. Very helpful in my current study of both James Joyce and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Great book on its own merits.


    16. 'Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest, I am He Whom thou seekest!Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.' F.T.


    17. With its 40 pages of introduction and 20 pages of poetry, this poem is far from the epic Paradise Lost. But, even with its brevity and "old" language it is beautiful, lyrical, and fairly understandable. (After reading, I found ahabituallyspeaking a helpful site with one person's interpretation.)In the introduction, James J. Daly, S. J. writes, "The Divine energy of God's love, as displayed in the supernatural revelation of Himself, seems even vaster and more intense than the Divine energy of cre [...]


    18. I got a very old version of this from ebay or printed in 1945. There is a longwinded introduction by a Jesuit named James J Daly, and it is about as good as an introduction can be. The poem itself thrills in a way that secular poetry just can't hope to. Absolutely loved every minute I spent with this little book.


    19. It's really a long poetic rant/praise about being relentlessly pursued by a loving God, metaphorically deemed a hound, rather than a short book. The language and dynamics are amazing, the theology passionate.


    20. This is the first poem I ever remember reading. I don't think I really understood it that well, despite my Year 9 teacher's attempts to explain it. But it captured my imagination and drew me into another world.




    21. Like Chesterton said in the introduction, 'these are religious poems and cannot be mistaken for anything else' and they very good (religious) poems.


    22. A good description of the poem an good narrative.I would recommended this for group decision and reader groups. I would use it over Andover again. I have enjoyed the read.


    23. Great PoemThis was a great Catholic poem. I found it to be inspirational, thought provoking, and profound. It has inspired me to go toy computer and write.



    24. The book I read had a wonderful introduction that supplied a bio of Thompson. I must admit that, with the exception of a couple of lines, I was not impressed with the poem.



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