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lifeinlove | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM via web

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What are significant differences between Hopkins' treatment of the subject and Wordsworth's in Hopkins' "God's Grandeur" and Wordsworth's "The World Is too Much with Us"?

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

Posted April 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM (Answer #1)

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In these sonnets, Wordsworth takes the dominant approach of loudly lamenting and regretting:

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!  / ... / It moves us not. Great God! (Wordsworth)

Hopkins takes the dominant approach of praising and admiring:

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Hopkins)

Both poets paint pictures of human disconnection from God's glorious nature but do it from opposite perceptions. This produces a difference in tone. Wordsworth seems to be chiding while Hopkins seems to be admonishing.

 

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