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Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins is a sonnet-styled poem written to convey the poets extreme admiration for all that God has created in nature and, in turn, all things unique or dappled in appearance; things that at first glance would n

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Comment closely on the following poem [Pied Beauty], discussing how effectively the poet shows his admiration for nature. "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins is a sonnet-styled poem written to convey the poet's extreme admiration for all that God has created in nature and, in turn, all things unique or 'dappled' in appearance; things that at first glance would not be considered beautiful. From the very first line of the poem, readers are faced with Hopkins' overall admiration for nature as he thanks God for all that is unique in the world. Whilst the line, "Glory be to God for dappled things," does not have any direct reference to nature itself, the phrase puts to the minds of the readers immediate images of things created by God that live just beyond man's reach, untouched by our want to change and transform, completely satisfied with their current ways. ...read more.

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Again giving light to something not usually noticed, Hopkins brings attention to the colouring of trout, of all things. He manages to see strange attraction and beauty in the rose coloured spots and shares this opinion through a metaphorical comparison between a trout and a masterful work of art. The comparison is found in the line of "Pied Beauty" in which Hopkins is thanking God "for rose moles all in stipple upon trout that swim" with stipple being a painting technique used often by artists and rose moles being the odd pattern of colour on the fish's skin. It would be no overstatement to say the idea of trout being beautiful is a farfetched thought, but still Hopkins ensures the reader has the thought engraved in their memory. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even without this extra length, however, the main theme of admiration shines through the verse and leaves readers with a new outlook on the appreciation of beauty in nature. In this way, Hopkins is yet again sharing his perspective with his audience. It is one of the poet's more subtle ways of reinforcing his theme since readers are appreciative of the poem, regardless of its unusual style. To conclude, the entire poem is an excellent representation of Hopkins love for nature and all things in it and, through the various techniques he has used and small creations of his own, his desire for others to feel the same way is slightly achieved. His words give new insight into not only appreciating but also understanding how to appreciate nature and in this way it can be said without doubt that the poet is extremely effective in showing his admiration for nature. Ataria Gibbons //// ...read more.

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