Gerard Manley Hopkins (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and a Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His experimental explorations in prosody (especially sprung
rhythm) and his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of
largely traditional verse.
There is an interesting biography of him, with a gallery of photographs and the text of many of his poems here.