Gerard Manley Hopkins

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How would you interpret the last line of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "Spring and Fall"?

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Because Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Jesuit priest, it is important to note religious themes in “Spring and Fall”. The last line echoes a line from a Meditation by John Donne: “And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...." The child addressed in the poem is, in the immediate poetic situation, mourning the falling of the leaves in autumn, but the poet suggests that her mourning encompasses not merely the leaves, but (as she grows older) all mortality. But the child herself is mortal, and therefore in mourning mortality, she mourns for her own mortality as well as that of others.

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