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Walk 20 – NEW – Gerard Manley Hopkins Walk – Llanaber & Penmaenpool
September 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pmVaries
5 + 3 Hours
Max Height: 1,280ft
Total Height Ascended: 951ft
Leader – Bill Amison
This is a walk celebrating Gerard Manley Hopkins, the poet and Jesuit Priest, who has been described as one of our Greatest ‘minor’ Victorian poets.
Hopkins spent three years in North Wales as a student at St Beuno’s in St Asaph. the Welsh Language, landscape and seascape made a big impression on him and his poetry. In August 1876 Hopkins and fellow students arrived in Barmouth for their annual holiday, known as the ‘Barmouth Villa’. This traditional was established in 1853 and has continued for over 160 years.
The walk visits locations associated with Hopkins’, ‘Barmouth Villa’ including where he stayed, his favourite hostelry and the sights he would have seen. It also briefly traces the tradition of the ‘Barmouth Villa’ visiting the various buildings used in and around Barmouth.
Hopkins was influenced by, and learned the Welsh language, while studying theology in North Wales. The poetic forms of Welsh literature and particularly ‘cynghanedd’ with its emphasis on repeating sounds accorded with his own style and became a prominent feature of his work. [Cynghanedd translates as harmony] adapting the rhythms of Welsh poetry to his own verse, inventing what he called “sprung rhythm”
Meet at the Dragon Theatre: 09;30
Public Transport (£)