Hopkins: A Literary Critic underlines the need to understand Hopkins as a critic, who does his utmost to evolve a critical system which seems to be sound both, aesthetically and ethically; the blend of the moral and the aesthetic cannot perhaps be more perfectly realized than in the critical writing of Hopkins. The book argues that a serious reader of Hopkin;s poetry cannot afford to underestimate the importance of his critical remarks and observation. The book deals with almost every aspect of Hopkins; literary opinions, most of which formed part of the letters addressed to his friends Bridges, Dixon and Patmore. It also brings out Hopkins? views on aesthetics, poetics, shorter verse-forms, non-lyrical literary forms, language of poetry, critical vocabulary and practical criticism.