Impact of Faith (Donne and Hopkins)

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John Donne once said, "Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right." Religion is not just based on beliefs, it is based on faith. John Donne was a writer whose faith changed his life course. Donne was born a Catholic, but in college he abandoned his faith. Later on he became a priest, and this greatly impacted his life and writing. He went from writing poems which talked about sex, like The Flea, to writing poems strictly about his faith. Gerard Manley Hopkins also wrote about religion in his later poems. Hopkins was born into the Church of England, but in school he had a teacher and mentor named John Henry Newman, who influenced him to convert to Catholicism. After Hopkins’ conversion, his writing became all about his love for God, similar to Donne. Religion impacted the lives of Hopkins and Donne to the point where they changed their writing, their views, and their lives. Religion can change a person’s life, whether it gives one faith or makes one lose it. For example, Gerard Manley Hopkins converted his faith to get further in his career. He believed this was the choice he needed to make, when he was supposed to be choosing religion. In the poem As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Hopkins says, “Each mortal thing does one thing and the same.” This shows that Hopkins believes God put everyone here for a specific reason. His faith in God’s creations is reflected in this poem, which is what makes it so meaningful. Later in the poem, Hopkins writes, “Christ--for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his.” Hopkins is telling the reader that Christ is in everything, and people with faith are able to see and appreciate that. He wants the reader to know that every person has a purpose, and they are on Earth to accomplish it. Hopkins reflects his faith in his work, telling his readers that God has put everyone on this earth for a

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