The world is charged with the grandeur of God. Why do men then now not reck his rod? National Poetry Month. Materials for Teachers Teach This Poem. Poems for Kids. Poetry for Teens.
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It is a kind of hymn of praise to God that marvels at the varied world that God created. The poem sees God's majesty not just in nature's sheer variety, but also in the labors of humankind and in the abstract categories that people use to understand their experience of the world.
The poem was written in but not published until , and showcases Hopkins's trademark linguistic inventiveness. With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;. Select any word below to get its definition in the context of the poem.
The words are listed in the order in which they appear in the poem. More Poems by Hopkins — Some of Hopkins's other significant works.
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Analysis of Poem "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. Pied Beauty is a reduced form of the sonnet, known as a curtal sonnet, and is one of many poems written by Hopkins that gives praise to God's natural omnipotence. Gerard Manley Hopkins converted to Catholicism in and went on to become a Jesuit priest and teacher. He wrote poems as a young man but burnt most of them when his calling came. It was only in that he returned to verse. Pied Beauty, written in the summer of , was inspired by the Welsh countryside and contains sprung rhythm, a special metre meter in USA invented by Hopkins to bring fresh, stressed vitality to conventional iambic lines.
Then he mentions the trout swimming around with their rose-coloured skin spotted with black. The comparision of the sky with a streaked cow is rather odd. Next, he mentions the windfalls from chestnut trees: having fallen on the ground they break open, revealing the reddish brown nut within, looking like fresh fire-coal. He goes on to mention the finches with their multi-coloured wings. This vision of Nature flowing from within with radiant colours and life is characteristic of Hopkins in the time of his spiritual formation. Then there are different kinds of industry, with their neat and well-maintained equipment and apparatus.