The major, the finest, poets of Victorian England were Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Yet Hopkins was almost unknown until 1918 when his book was first published, as edited by his friend Robert Bridges, then Poet Laureate.
Here' s a virtual movie of the great Gerard Manley Hopkins reading what I have entitled "Make Haste So To Live" from his much longer dissertation The Principle or Foundation,
Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote "The Windhover" in May, 1877. He had been a student at for three years, and this was a productive period: the year of "God's Grandeur", "Spring" and "The Starlight Night", among others. "The Windhover" is the most startlingly experimental of this gorgeous tranche of sonnets. Hopkins seems at ease, fully in control of the energies of his and effortlessly folding the extra-metrical feet he called outrides (see line two, for example) into the conventional sonnet form. He recognised his own achievement, and, sending a revised copy to his friend Robert Bridges, declared that this was the best poem he'd ever written.