[Note 20, Chapter Two, in print version]

Hopkins quotes several poems from Browning's Men and Women in his Journals about this time, thus demonstrating that he was familiar with the volume. Of course, any study such as this one which emphasizes the role of the commonplace image or rhetorical topos in lirerary tradition tends to cast doubt on the notion that any one particular antecedent example by itself influenced a poet. I assume that after reading "One Word More" Hopkins, already well aware of the traditional type, was prompted to use it in a more purely Christian sense than did Browning.

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