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Choose two of Hopkins' poems, which seem to you to represent different moods and look at the way he looks at his relationship with God when he is feeling deeply depressed and when he is feeling full of praise

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Choose two of Hopkins' poems, which seem to you to represent different moods and look at the way he looks at his relationship with God when he is feeling deeply depressed and when he is feeling full of praise Gerard Manley Hopkins was a 19th Century Roman Catholic Priest who wrote poems, and mainly sonnets. His poems surrounded nature or his own misery and usually relating to how he was feeling about God. 'Pied Beauty' and '42'are two poems that represent different moods but both come back to his religion. 42 This poem is somewhat gloomy and depressed. No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief, More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring. Comforter, where, where is your comforting? Mary, mother of us, where is your relief? My cries heave, herds- long: huddle in a main, a chief Woe, world-sorrow; on an age-old anvil wince and sing - Then lull, then leave off, Fury had shrieked 'No ling - ering! Let me be fell: force I must be brief Hopkins has never felt worst and feels he has been given more than grief. He feels bad but yet he knows that more bad things will happen and 'more pans will...wilder wring'. He is reaching out for god (Comforter) to comfort him and feels he is not there and should be, he also asks for Mary (mother of us), asking for her support and relief. ...read more.

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Words such as: frightful, sheer, woe, heave, grief makes the mood dull and depressed. The phrase 'Fury had shrieked 'No ling - ering! Let me be fell: force I must be brief' is a metaphor for anger wanting to be let in to destroy and 'fell' is effective as it really emphasises how Hopkins does not want to feel like this but he is being invaded by depressiveness. Hopkins sounds lonely, yet accepting that he will feel worse, suggesting that it is not the first time he has felt depressed and though he may feel bad, he is 'used to it'. There is a rhyming pattern, it is regular and the sounds of the words on the ends of the lines are similar. In the first verse, the sound on the end of the first line rhymes (-ief) with the sounds on the end of the fourth, fifth and then eighth line, leaving two pairs of the same sound rhyming in between (-ing). The second verse has a rhyming pattern of alternate rhyming couplets of -all and -eep. Pied Beauty In contrast to its predecessor, Pied Beauty praises the goodness in things natural and praises god for it, in manner of hymn 'all things bright and beautiful'. As the name suggests, it is all things beautiful and mixed up (in a pie, so to speak). ...read more.

Conclusion

The imagery in Pied Beauty is very image provoking. Conkers, trout's scales and hills are put very beautifully and poetically, along with the whole mood of the poem that things that seem so ordinary to us, put in such an elegant way should be noticed and praised instead of taking all the wonderful dappled things for granted. The second verse is affective in its 'lists' of words. The first line lists words. The two words beginning with f in line two is effective also. The third line effectively uses words of opposite meanings but with the same first letter (excepting dim and adazzle but the d in adazzle is prominent). The rhyming patterns in the first verse is rhyming couplets every three lines (in that line one rhymes with line four, two with five and three with six). However, as the rhymes are so far apart I do not consider it to be effective. In the second verse, line one and four rhyme, line three and five but line two rhymes only with line two and five in the previous verse. Hopkins seems to have two styles. When he is in a good mood he seems to see things a lot better and puts it all down to the glory of God but similarly when things are bad for him he puts it down to God and blames him. Both styles are very atmospheric; Pied Beauty seems sunnier whereas 42 is dark and sombre. Rosie Higgins 21/03/02 ...read more.

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