• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Poetry Analysis on Binsey Poplars by Gerard Hopkins

Extracts from this document...


Poetry Commentary on Binsey Poplars by Gerard Hopkins In the poem Binsey Poplars, Gerard Hopkins presents his reaction to the situation of the destruction of a landscape. In this poem, he mourns how easily humans can destroy the natural world, without realising the implications of their actions. With the use of poetic figures, strong images and an overall feeling of anger and nostalgia, Hopkins portrays his love for the trees and his grief at their destruction. In the first stanza, Hopkins speaks of what nature was like before it was destroyed. Using tender words such as "aspens dear", the poet laments the destruction of the delicate trees, whose beauty is not only conveyed in their appearance, but also in the way they formed "airy cages" to tame the "leaping sun". Hopkins uses repetition to state that these lovely trees are "all felled, felled, are all felled" and introduces the sprung rhythm by grouping accented words together to create an onomatopoeic effect. ...read more.


The poet offers a personification of the earth by presenting strong images of its given human characteristics, when he says that the earth is so "tender" and "her being so slender". Hopkins advances to present an analogy between the earth and the eye, a vital organ whose system is powerful but delicate, by displaying the painful image of the pricking of an eyeball, which indicates that when the trees disappear from our sight, the effects are as tragic as the loss of our own vision. Here, Hopkins makes it clear that the consequence of this is that we are just as much damaged as the landscape, because not only will the landscape no longer be present, but we will no longer be able to see it, as if it was a punishment for our actions. This evokes that for Hopkins, the natural world is a reflection of God, thus explaining his strong reaction towards the destruction. ...read more.


While describing the beauty of the aspens, Hopkins pays special attention to the way they interact with and affect the atmosphere around them, which provides us with elaborate imagery and a sensitive tone regarding the poems topic. What I am particularly fond of in this poem is how Hopkins modifies and invents words to create interesting poetic figures, for example when he used the word "dandled" instead of "dangled" just to create an internal rhyme. In my personal opinion however, I find it most interesting how Hopkins is not only speaking of a destroyed landscape which he had known since his early life, but also making a more general statement about the way in which humans interact with the environment, predominantly nature. We are able to see that his greatest concern is how humans are too greedy to be aware of the implications of their actions, and will eventually destroy all of nature without realising how much it will affect them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Wordsworth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Wordsworth essays

  1. Critical Commentary on Sir Orfeo.

    'Allas' is repeated throughout the latter section of the extract to emphasise Orfeo's loss of his wife and of his spirit. The syntax is useful in representing the urgency of Orfeo's situation. Longer sentences are used when Orfeo and Heurodis meet, creating a slowing of time in which each character cherishes.

  2. Joyce Kilmer's "Trees"

    (Saussure 1983: 68). The symbol which exists in close proximity to the signal, as result confines the nature of the sign to the notion of "Tree" built in the context of the poem. The poet's speech equipped with the skill to posit himself as speaker, entrusts himself to "I" and

  1. NATURE, natural, and the group of words derived from them, or allied to them ...

    To bid people conform to the laws of nature when they have Do power but what the laws of nature give them when it is a physical impossibility for them to do the smallest thing otherwise than through some law of nature, is an absurdity.

  2. "Design, pattern or what I am in the habit of calling inscape, is what ...

    There is a continual odd rhyming as 'string tells' and 'hung bell's' rhyme and the latter goes on to be mirrored with 'bow swung' and also 'finds tongue'. This reflects the echoing imitation of God by man. Also, Hopkins talks about nature and natural things such as the Kingfishers in

  1. Nature in an Unnatural Landscape

    Thus, Wordsworth's use of such words as "smokeless air", "fields", "sky", and "beauty of the morning", is to reinforce his own belief that it is nature he loves and admires even if he is in the midst of a powerful man-made setting.

  2. Amine Werther's attitudes to nature. Is any development discernible? You may also wish to ...

    1 For this reason, connections between God and nature are prevalent in many of Goethe's works. In the opening scene of the Urfaust, Faust marvels at the signs of the Macrocosm and the Erdgeist and longs to be at one with nature.

  1. Poem Analysis: Binsey Poplars, Author of Poem: G.M. Hopkins.

    This poem is closely related to Felix Randal and the Windhover as Hopkins depicts a sense of divinity not in a human or a bird this time, but in the flora itself (i.e. the forest). This is created as Hopkins tends to put emphasis on the beautiful and all-powerful imagery that is created.

  2. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834), English poet, critic, and philosopher, who was a leader of ...

    The poem's speaker reflects on the silence of the night as he watches over his sleeping child. As in the other Conversational works, the mind of the poet and his environment are brought into intimate contact. Here, the evocative but ambiguous phrase, "the secret ministry of frost" is the mystic agency of the poet's imaginative journey.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work