Gerard Manley Hopkin's poem "God's Grandeur" is written in "sprung rhythm," a term Hopkins himself coined.
The poem is broken into two stanzas, an octave followed by a sestet, and comprised of fourteen lines total. Each line is made up of ten syllables, except for line three which contains twelve. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, however, is not just a basic iambic pentameter. Rather than a stressed syllable always following an unstressed syllable to create lines with five iambs each, in Hopkin's poem the poet allows this meter to break and change in order to best express his meaning. It's a meter that has been freed, or "sprung" in Hopkins words, from strict rules. Though the poem frequently rests in iambic pentameter, the use of sprung rhythm allows for significant breaks, as in line three's ending "shining from shook oil" and line's five opening word "generations."
Overall, the poem is in iambic pentameter, but there are some irregularities in the first five...
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