1844 Born July 28 to Manley and Catherine (Smith ) Hopkins, in Stratford, Essex.

1852 Family moves to Hampstead.

1854-63 At Cholmondeley [pronounced Chumly] Grammar School, Highgate.

1863 Enters Balliol College, Oxford.

1866 Received by J.H. Newman into the (Roman) Catholic Church.

1867 Graduates with a "double-first"; considered the "star of Balliol."

1868 Enters the Jesuit Novitiate and burns his early poems.

1872 Discovers the writings of Duns Scotus.

1873-74 Learning Welsh; writes extensive notes on prosody.

1875 The wreck of the Deutschland inspires him to start writing again.

1877 Ordained as a Jesuit priest; begins serving as parish assistant.

1879 Curate at Bedford Leigh, near Manchester, then sent to Liverpool to work among Irish immigrants.

1881 Assistant in a Glasgow parish; ten-month retreat in London.

1882 Becomes teacher of classics at Stonyhurst College.

1884 Appointed Fellow of University College, Dublin, and examiner in Greek for the Royal University of Ireland.

1884-89 Writing the "terrible" sonnets.

1886 Meets W.B. Yeats; neither particularly impressed by the other.

1889 Dies June 8 of typhoid fever.

1918 The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, notes and introduction by Robert Bridges, then Poet Laureate.

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