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Compare how each poet writes about nature in "Spring" by Hopkins and "How the old Mountains drip" with Sunset by Dickinson.

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Taking account of the methods the situations and tones of the speaker and the form, structure and language including imagery, compare how each poet writes about nature. Spring by Hopkins and How the old Mountains drip with Sunset by Dickinson. Spring is a poem about the beauty of the season and how its beauty is all created by God and without God there would be no beauty. How the old Mountains drip with Sunset is a poem of the beauty of a sunset behind mountains. Both poems praise nature immensely and is seen as a superior fixation on earth. Spring has a regular rhyming pattern this can connote a harmonious feel about the season, that it is reliable and will always come again no matter what whereas How the old Mountains drip with Sunset has an irregular rhyme scheme which enhances the sense of uniqueness of this sunset as no two sunsets are the same. Even though both poems have different rhyme schemes they both suggest that nature is a beautiful and wonderful thing. ...read more.


Dickinson begins the poem with the word "How" as an exclamation instead of the introduction to a question, this starts the poem with a sense of admiration. Dickinson shows the reader the extent of her amazement with the splendour of the sunset. It is repeated at the start and end of the following two lines which gives a sense of spontaneity as she describes the dynamic nature of the beautiful sunset. Hopkins uses a lot of assonance "weeds wheels" and consonance "as spring." This can convey that there is a lot of sounds going on during the season of spring and that these sounds are very musical and the musical sounds are wholesome. In How the old Mountains drip with Sunset Dickinson uses personification. "Touching all the grass." This can suggest that nature is like a human being, it is that complicated, but the complicatedness is beautiful as no one can work out why this sunset happens. Spring is a sonnet which is clearly set out, though How the old Mountains drip with Sunset is not a sonnet it still has a clear structure of 6 stanzas, each with 4 lines. ...read more.


tone of How the old Mountains drip with Sunset the tone is one of awe as the speaker comes across as not seeing something as beautiful in nature before. The sight of the speaker in How the old Mountains drip with Sunset is timeless, this can suggest a part of an ongoing pattern which is that the sun will set every night and every night it will be unique and beautiful. Hopkins uses religious imagery again. "In Eden garden." This can suggest that nature is as beautiful as the Garden of Eden. In the Bible the Garden of Eden is described as a paradise and Hopkins compares spring to this making the reader think that spring is just as gorgeous and dazzling as the Garden of Eden. Dickinson again uses supernatural imagery. "These are the visions." This can suggest that there is something magical and mysterious about this sunset and therefore nature is beautiful. In conclusion I think that both poets think that nature is amazing, astounding, striking and nothing in the world or beyond can take away from it's all round beauty. Rebecca Richardson ...read more.

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