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How does Gerard Hopkins provide answers to the defects of Romantic poetry in "God's...

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lifeinlove | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted April 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM via web

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How does Gerard Hopkins provide answers to the defects of Romantic poetry in "God's Grandeur"? 

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM (Answer #1)

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One way that it might be said that Hopkins corrects, or provides answers for, the defects of Romantic poetry as illustrated by "God's Grandeur" is by tying metaphysical religious themes into the typical Romantic themes related to nature. By doing this, he transcends nature's volatility, he elevates emotionality to the realm of metaphysical protectiveness and he shows there is a unifying power over that of nature:

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

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