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In his poem, “God’s Grandeur,” Gerald Manley Hopkins uses many poetic devices. He is credited with the invention of “sprung rhythm” which is 3 to 4 syllables per foot, and the accent is always placed on the same syllable. He uses similes, “like shook foil” or “like oozed oil.” Alliteration is also used in “grandeur of God,” “gathers to a greatness,” “brown brink eastward,” and etc. Repetition is used in terms of words, “have trod, have trod, have trod,” and sounds (rhymes) “seared…bleared, smeared…” Rhyme is also used with the in rhyme, “seared…bleared, smeared…,” and the rhyme scheme used because it is a Petracharn sonnet: ABBAABBA / CDCDCD
You might check out the attached e-notes link for some helpful information.
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