We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. God as feminine, as an enfolding, as a wrinkle we lose ourselves in… paired with the fierce imagery of the hunter. This sight of a hovering falcon is again a relatively common sight today so hopefully, the next time we see such a sight we can recall the words of Hopkins. He also believed that this uniqueness formed a part of greater recurring patterns. However, he was devoutly religious and actually burned his early poems, feeling that writing poetry was too worldly a pursuit. In the same way, fidelity in religious life just as Christ compared the religious life to taking up the plough produces brightness in the soul. This is the opening line of the stanza and immediately we as readers are fed an amalgamation of superlatives describing the Windhover.
Its motion is controlled and suspended in an ecstatic moment of concentrated energy. Lesson at a Glance An analysis of Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem 'Pied Beauty' reveals that it is worth acknowledging and even celebrating the imperfections and little things in life. So what does the poem really mean? Or maybe he's trying to describe the fact that although the air is rolling, the bird's skill at riding it makes it seem level and steady. Summary The windhover is a bird with the rare ability to hover in the air, essentially flying in place while it scans the ground in search of prey. However, what is original is the way Hopkins engages with the falcon, observes it and concentrates on it in a deeper way and articulates what it revealed to him through an interesting range of original imagery. Stride is an odd choice of word for a bird, since a bird can't really stride, or take long steps unless it's an ostrich or an emu —they fly, they don't stride.
The last and deepest layer is what it might mean on a symbolic level; what it all, put together, is. Whatever our situation, we can find beauty around us to thank God for. This word has been the subject of discussion and debate for many years. The Windhover An experimentation in meter and metaphor that situates the meaning of Christ in the world in the symbolic images of a falcon being released into flight to pursue its prey. Hopkins has mixed his romantic fascination with the nature with his religious favor of gratitude towards God for giving us a beautiful nature. Why might Hopkins describe a bird as striding? More specifically, it is about the crucial and tragic hours between the dark night of the wreck and the early hours of the next morning which ultimately took the lives of five exiled Franciscan nuns from Germany Binsey Poplars Another poem stimulated by the realities of life. A good resource for Hopkins scholars.
In the second the speaker remembers the beauty of Christ and says that he is a billion times loveliest. When the poet sees the beautiful bird, he is reminded of Christ and becomes thankful and appreciative of him. That's a funky, unfamiliar word that means rippling. It is a usual Hopkinsian sonnet that begins with description of nature and ends in meditation about God and Christ and his beauty, greatness and grace. The falcon can be connected with ecstasy and rejoicing and freedom; also with battle and chivalry.
The third stanza starts out reflecting the turn of the poem, suddenly plodding instead of flying, with words that need space to fit in the mouth, each one a heavy step upon the ground. What effect does the heavy repetition of sounds have in your reading of the poem? However, the sestet has puzzled many readers because it seems to diverge so widely from the material introduced in the octave. A more detailed analysis of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins can be found Pope Francis, a fellow Jesuit of course, is obviously very familiar with the poetry of Fr. Try to capture and convey that feeling through your choice of words and their connection to one another. In either case, a unification takes place. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. However, the term, being ambiguous, could also suggest the spiral climb of the bird.
My own interpretation of the word is that the majestic beauty of the bird as described in the octet of the poem crumbles into insignificance when compared to the beauty and majesty of Christ as we see him in the sestet. The poetry of Hopkins circles around the ideas of being and God, and there is an intimate connection between the two. There is even a third interpretation which proposes that it means to clasp, fasten together into a single unity all the skills and aspirations. Jacob 1977 , and this is implied through the anthromorphism of the Windhover. 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. Dharmender Kumar Dharmender is a writer by passion, and a lawyer by profession.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The next line is especially fun as Hopkins thanks God for 'all things counter out of the ordinary , original, spare extra or strange. The speaker of the poem looks up and sees a another name for the common kestrel, which is a kind of falcon. Then have students explore the sounds of the poem by reading the entire poem aloud several times, then only the vowel sounds, then only the consonant sounds. But that greatness necessarily pales in comparison with the ultimate act of self-sacrifice performed by Christ, which nevertheless serves as our model and standard for our own behavior.
Hopkins is stopping to appreciate the small, useful things we tend to take for granted each day. At moments when humans arrive at the fullness of their moral nature, they achieve something great. Dapple means spotted, so perhaps the light of the early morning is slightly broken up by some clouds. No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear, Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion. Leavis, argued that Hopkins was the only English poet who rivalled Shakespeare for his poetic imitation of natural speech. More than anything else, that speaks of the kind of work he writes.
Written by Timothy Sexton The Wreck of the Deutschland The longest poem in the Hopkins canon was inspired by the real life 1875 wreck of Deutschland at the mouth of the Thames. More poetry analysis can be , and we have some here. The volume of commentary which this sonnet has produced is evidence of its continuing fascination. Before you can read and analyse his poetry, it is advisable to go through the concepts of thisness, inscape and instress. To this devotee of Christ, everything brings the image of Christ and his wounds and pain and sacrifice.
How do the sounds used in the poem add to the meaning? It is your uniqueness that makes you beautiful. There are five stresses per lines, but with extra-metrical or outriding feet. There is nothing particularly novel in taking a falcon as subject matter. Or is his heart usually hidden from the world, in the sense that he isn't the kind of guy who wears his heart on his sleeve? All these qualities combine together in the falcon. Upon hearing the advice that the poet thinks will be comforting to Margaret—that when she is older she will not weep so much often—only serves to make her weeping all the more intense. We should first get the feel of the poem by reading it more than once silently and then aloud. Though another sonnet, titled The Caged Skylark, which was written during the same year, centres around the bird already made famous by the odes of Wordsworth and Shelley, the poem, The Windhover has, in fact, raised to a position of rival prominence a bird scarcely mentioned by previous poets.