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Gerard Manley Hopkins - Appeal Of Hopkins' Poetry

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Leaving Certificate 2004: 4

There are many reasons why the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins appeals to his readers. 4

In response to the above statement, write an essay on poetry of Hopkins. Your essay should focus clearly on the reasons why the poetry is appealing and should refer to the poetry on your course. 4

Leaving Certificate 2004:

There are many reasons why the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins appeals to his readers.

In response to the above statement, write an essay on poetry of Hopkins. Your essay should focus clearly on the reasons why the poetry is appealing and should refer to the poetry on your course.

There are indeed many reasons why Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poetry appeals to his readers, three of which include: 1) Its regular appreciation of the wonder and beauty of nature; 2) Its occasional inclusion of scientific and technological imagery; and 3) Its raw, at-times brutal honesty in depicting Hopkins’ state of mind.

According to Hopkins’s theory of inscape, all living things have a constantly shifting design or pattern that gives each object a unique identity. In his poetry, Hopkins frequently uses color to describe these inscapes. ‘Pied Beauty’ praises God for giving every object a distinct visual pattern, from sunlight as multicolored as a cow to the beauty of birds’ wings and freshly plowed fields. Indeed, the word ‘pied’ means ‘having splotches of two or more colors’.

Elsewhere, Hopkins’ use of color to describe nature becomes more complicat...

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