Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet, was born on 28 July 1844 at 87 the Grove, Stratford, London. Hopkins was educated at home and then went on to Oxford in 1863, intending to be a painter. Hopkins gave up on artistic prospects and converted to Roman Catholicism. Hopkins wrote a great deal of poetry at this time, particularly religious verse. From 1874-77 Hopkins studied theology at St Beuno's College in Northern Wales. For the rest of his life, Hopkins was a dedicated Jesuit Priest. He died on 8 June 1889.