Gerard Manley Hopkins - Conveys Deep Personal Experience

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Leaving Certificate 2000: 4

Hopkins conveys deep personal experience in a style which is both refreshing and dramatic. 4

Discuss this statement in its entirety, supporting your answer by reference to the poems by Hopkins on your course. 4

Leaving Certificate 2000:

Hopkins conveys deep personal experience in a style which is both refreshing and dramatic.

Discuss this statement in its entirety, supporting your answer by reference to the poems by Hopkins on your course.

Hopkins’s poems typically shift from a personal, often sensual experience rooted in the physical world to moral, philosophical, and theological reflections. His poetic shift from his own world of experience to more abstract considerations reflects the way Hopkins believed all experiences to in sync with the metaphysical, with God the creator. He believed that the world of nature (and even the man-made aspects of the experienced world) were all part of God’s creative expression, and that the spirit of God was infused in his creation. 

‘God’s Grandeur’ is a poem that suggests the energy of God runs through all things, sometimes welling up to an excess and revealing itself in bursts of brilliance or goodness. For Hopkins, because God infused all the world, the world was a means of access to spiritual truth, a way of getting in touch with God and his will and design.

This poem is arguably not a good choice for inclusion in this essay, because it is not rooted in Hopkins’ own deep personal experience ...

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