Thursday, May 14, 2009

Really, it could be worse...

"It was because Hopkins's superiors in England had so little use for him, Mariaini shows, that they encouraged him to take a position as Professor of Greek and Examiner in Classics at the Royal University of Ireland, in Dublin. This prestigious-sounding post actually involved teaching elementary Latin and grading a truly staggering number of tests: six examinations times seven hundred and fifty students, according to Hopkins, for a total of forty-five hundred papers every year."

Adam Kirsch, "Back To Basics: How Gerard Manley Hopkins remade English poetry"
New Yorker, May 11, 2009, 105.

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