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Comparison of Pride and pRejudice with Sense and Sensibility

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Q: Compare and contrast Hopkins' "Pied Beauty" with "Ode to Autumn" by Keats. The poem "Pied Beauty" was written by Hopkins in 1877 and the "Ode to Autumn" was penned down by Keats in 1820. These poems appreciate all the aspects and diversity of Nature positively leading to the praise of God. In Pied Beauty, this praise of the Creator is vivid and apparent as the poet magnanimously asserts: "He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him." However, in Ode to Autumn the praise is subtly highlighted through the description of exuberant bounties of Autumn. The overarching theme of "beauty beyond appearance" is witnessed in both the poetic works mentioned above. In "Pied Beauty" this theme encapsulates the idea that perfection of things lies behind their appearance. The poet accentuates the fact that the spirit and energy beyond the appearance is to be appreciated. Thereby, a metaphysical streak echoes throughout, emphasizing the true essence of the word, "beauty". ...read more.


Another eminent theme is of "Nature". In "Pied Beauty" numerous aspects of Nature are delineated using compound words. Hopkins appreciates that "Glory be to God for dappled things", "skies of couple-colours" the "rose-moles" on the trout, the "Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings" and also the "Landscape plotted and pieced -fold,fallow &plough". The poet is praisng God for everything that he has created and also for the sublime energies that Nature encapsulates beyond its physical appearance. Furthermore, this theme of Nature is also evident in "Ode to Autumn". This ode is pregnant with admiration for different activities that take place in autumn. Keats enumerates that it is a "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness", "load and bless with fruits the vines that round the thatch-eves run", "fill all fruits with ripeness to the core", "swell the gourd and plump the hazel shells with sweet kernel","barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day", "lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn" and the "Hedge-cricket sing". ...read more.


Alliteration in the "Pied Beauty" is used to heighten the auditory effect of the poem. It is said about Hopkins that "his poetry should not be read with eyes but ears" (Bridges). The alliteartion used in the compound word "couple-clouds" empahsizes on making the sky tangible whereas "Fresh-firecoal" denotes a paradox to enhance the colour of the chestnut that is falling off the tree and "fold, fallow" these descriptions of the landscape suggest the multiplicity of lands created by God. On the other hand, in "Ode to Autumn" the alliterations "winnowing wind", "dying day" and "lambs loud" all of these are stressing upon the activities that take place in autumn. Thus, signifying that autumn is also lively and is not about the end of life rather it announces a new happy beginning that follows. Nonetheless, apart from a few stylistic contrasts, both poets share a common natural ground of ideas, that is , the love and intense adulation of nature. The imagery that these poets employ is far-fetched and typical of the Romantic school of thought. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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