It is therefore the contrast that something that it is. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled who knows how? Commentary The poem shows Hopkins at his innovative best. And why should they be celebrated? At times, the poem veers into startling rhythms, and its language is laced throughout with rich rhymes, alliterations and consonances. Not a single thing resembles with the other. Then he mentions the trout swimming around with their rose-coloured skin spotted with black. He was a keen observer of all things natural. Again alliteration is present, as is a minifeast of long and short vowels in fold, fallow, and plough.
He was the strongest of his peers and crafted the shoes for the strongest of the horses. Hopkins then opens up his praise for all of the tools that are needed for various jobs. Very plainly, he says that it is all because of Margaret's childhood. He was the oldest of his siblings and was noted for his literary prowess as young child when he won awards in grammar school. Gerard Manley Hopkins converted to Catholicism in 1866 and went on to become a Jesuit priest and teacher. Could not beauty be found in her wrinkled, 'dappled' self, in that hidden person underneath? Line five moves the reader out into the countryside, where neat fields fit together with copse and woodland, where the texture and colour vary.
The delay of the verb in this extended sentence makes this return all the more satisfying when it comes; the long and list-like predicate, which captures the multiplicity of the created world, at last yields in the penultimate line to a striking verb of creation fathers-forth and then leads us to acknowledge an absolute subject, God the Creator. The similarity between the coals and the chestnuts is classic Hopkins. Whatever our situation, we can find beauty around us to thank God for. In 1874 Hopkins started his study of theology at St. What is all this juice and all this joy? In the context of a Victorian age that valued uniformity, efficiency, and standardization, this theological notion takes on a tone of protest.
Spare: rare; not common 13. Let us praise God who created all dappled things. This ironsmith passed away from what was most likely pulmonary tuberculosis. All these also give glory to God. Hopkins knew, befriended, and delivered the last sacraments to an ironsmith by the name of Felix who was a member of his parish.
Yet, from this work comes a harvest. The speaker of this poem is generally considered to be Hopkins himself. Human interaction is brought into the poem for the first time as line six follows the plough, the speaker suggesting that the work of humankind is also to be attributed to the all encompassing dappledness, God-given. Fallow: a field that has been left empty 9. This turn or also serves to highlight the poet's skill at uniting apparent opposites by means of form and content: the meter is Hopkins's own , and the packing-in of various alliterative syllables serves as an aural example of the visual variety Hopkins describes.
This makes the reader feel loved as we feel part of something bigger than ourselves and make us look at God with a lot more love than we previously had, which was the primary aim of the poet. The poem packs a huge amount of detail and contrast and comparison into its ten short lines. Next we are given the beautiful patchwork quilt image of the landscape with its pastures, meadows, cornfields and ploughed fields. The speaker just wants all the people to praise the lord for his variety of creations. They will engender in the visitor a feeling of love and a desire to help.
Some of these innovative compound words are very unusual, but their very oddness helps the poet to convey the idea of diversity, variety and imperfection as well as adding freshness to the poem. He was angered by it and refused to accept it. Instead of fourteen lines made up of eight plus six, we have ten and a half lines made up of six plus four and a half. He wrote poems as a young man but burnt most of them when his calling came. Dharmender Kumar Dharmender is a writer by passion, and a lawyer by profession. He is ever the priest looking for good material for his Sunday homily and he once spoke of the sun, stars, birds and bees giving glory to God without their realising that they were doing so.
Analysis of Felix Randal Lines 1-4 Hopkins begins this piece by having his speaker, generally considered to be Hopkins himself, see introductory material introduce the main character of the poem, Felix Randal. When do we tend to stop and thank God for a hammer, for instance? A connection is born between the two. In this case, the poet uses this to make his poem sound more genuine, emphasising the fact that he truly feels this sense of love towards God. Lines 9-11 The first of the two concluding tercets begins with the speaker stating facts he has come to believe in relation to sickness and the ill. In his poem, Hopkins compares the sky to a brinded cow, meaning the sky can have many colors.