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"Spring" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Transcript of "Spring" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Created and Presented by:
Marissa Barnes and Hannah Bridges
Hopkins was born on July 28, 1844 and died on June 8, 1889. He was born in Stratford, Essex and was the first of nine children to Manley and Catherine Hopkins. Hopkins was a priest who mainly wrote about nature and pertained it to God. Hopkins was never married and he did not have any children.
Hopkins poetry only exists today because his friends published it after his death.
His first poetry collection was published 1918, 29 years after his death.
Nothing is so beautiful as spring-
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. -Have, get, before the cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid's child, thy choice and worthy the winning.
The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
Imagery: The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
"Spring" follows the form of an Italian Sonnet. It consists of 14 lines broken up into 4 stanzas. The lines throughout the poem consists of nine through thirteen syllables. There is no exact meter.
Hopkins praises the beauty of nature in the spring. He is celebrating the energy and color of the natural world throughout the poem.
In the poem Hopkins regards natures' beauty as a memory of pure paradise. He feels despair at the way maturity spoils childhood innocence.
We did not like this poem. It was dull and very bland. "Spring" had quite a bit of imagery but never really caught our eye. The poem had a much deeper meaning than we were expecting to begin with.
Hopkins attend grammar school in Highgate, England from 1854-1863 and then Balliol College from 1863-1867.
What we thought
This poem is about much more than the season Spring. It makes multiple references to God and to the bible, especially to the Garden of Eden. Spring is a reminder of the paradise. Hopkins wrote this poem as a plea to God to protect the world from sin. He also wants God to protect the innocence in children because this is their springtime (beginning) of their human life just as Spring is the beginning to all life.
Hopkins used a type of rhythm in his poetry called Sprung rhythm because his work did not follow the ordinary iambic rhythm
In the first two stanzas of the poem, Hopkins explains the beauty of Spring. All of the beauty of Spring is a praise to God, the creator. In the last two stanzas Hopkins asks God to restore the innocence of youth, before all sins ruin the beautiful world that he created.