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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem "Spring" is a Petrarchan sonnet that praises the beauty of Spring. The speaker first comments on the beauty of spring, then provides vivid images of plants, birds and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021, 3:35 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins was brought up in a very religious home. In particular, his relationship with his father was key to his religious focus within in his poetry. One of the major beliefs that his...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2009, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

The theme of this last Hopkins poem, written in the form of a Petrarchan sonnet, is the questioning of God's justice. Hopkin's precedes the actual sonnet by quoting, in Latin, from Psalm 19,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Margaret is grieving over Goldengrove "unleaving," or shedding its leaves at the onset of winter. We don't know anything about Goldengrove, but its very name would appear to suggest an idyllic...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 5:48 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins didn't set out to be a modern poet. During his lifetime, his writing was seen by no more than a handful of people, most notably Robert Bridges. Yet the relatively isolated existence that...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018, 10:18 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins's view of the interplay between God and his creations are best described by the terms "inscape" and "instress." Hopkins coined these terms himself. Inscape describes the uniqueness of all...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

In developing a summary of Hopkins's poem, profound observations reveal themselves. The speaker of the poem, presumably Hopkins, is interacting with a young child, Margaret, who is crying because...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2014, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Drawn to Catholicism in 1866, Gerard Manley Hopkins burned the poetry he had written, declaring it too worldly. In a letter to his poet friend, Robert Bridges, Hopkins wrote, "I am a eunuch, but...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

One of the so-called "terrible" sonnets, "No Worst, There is None" represents the outpouring of a tortured mind steeped in the very blackest of depressions. Indeed, such are the depths of Hopkins'...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 4:52 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Jesuit priest, and in “Spring and Fall,” as in many of his other poems, the main key to interpretation lies in Roman Catholic theology. The child of the poem, in her...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012, 8:06 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

In the first stanza of "Spring," Hopkins conveys the intense energy that emerges during the spring season. That energy is conveyed by Hopkins's description of the song of the thrush, a small...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2021, 1:42 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

In Line 11 of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Spring and Fall”, we see the poet moving from discussion of the immediate scene of a child mourning the disappearing leaves of autumn to broader theological...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012, 8:20 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord” is one of a group of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins known as the "terrible sonnets", a group of poems of religious despair, in which the poet struggles with a crisis of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011, 9:26 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

The purpose of critically analyzing a work of literature is to judge the value of the work by separating the piece of literature into its valued parts through discussion. This is certainly possible...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015, 10:28 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

For Hopkins, a Jesuit priest, nature is a creation of God, but in man's control; it is good and knowable. The poem is dedicated "To Christ Our Lord." Look at the specificity and perfect vision of...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2010, 9:50 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Having converted to Catholicism in 1866 while at Oxford University, John Manley Hopkins studied under the great Cardinal John Henry Newman at a Jesuit school in Birmingham, England. After his...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010, 4:01 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

The first stanza of "Spring" by Gerard Manley Hopkins has an abba rhyme scheme, meaning that the stanza's eight lines can be divided into two groups of four lines each, and in each group of four...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

In Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “Spring and Fall,” Margaret is a young girl. Her age is alluded to in the poem's fourth line when Hopkins notes her “fresh thoughts.” In the tenth line, Hopkins...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2021, 4:42 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Catholic priest. Unfortunately for the poetic world, Hopkins wrote for only twelve years because he died from an epidemic or typhoid. Hopkins love of life and joy in...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins's speaker describes weeds as "in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush" in this poem. This is unusual because it celebrates the beauty and abundance of weeds, when, more typically, weeds...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2021, 4:47 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

In lines 5-8 of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Spring and Fall”, the narrator predicts that the child’s heart will grow colder and she will be less easily moved and less prone to tears about such things...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012, 8:27 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins uses apostrophe, a story, and imagery to convey the message of death, decay, and the fall of man. Apostrophe occurs when a poet's speaker addresses an absent person or an object. In this...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

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...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012, 8:13 am (UTC)

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

The fact that the third line is written mostly in iambic meter means that it has a quicker rhythm than the fourth line, which is written in anapestic meter. This is because in an iambic meter, the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 7:50 pm (UTC)

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