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The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins is a poem about the essence of natural things.

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Poetry The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins is a poem about the essence of natural things. This poem describes the relationship of human beings to the natural world as the poet is addressing God through the bird. It is praising him for all the marvellous things He has created and that humans can enjoy. The poem consists in three verses. In the first verse, the poet describes the power of the bird as it is portrayed as the master of heavens. This verse captures the movement of the bird in the sky. It starts with "I caught this morning mornings minion" that gives the feeling that the bird is a servant of the sky and it is the morning because it is a good time for hunting. ...read more.

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This verse gives as the feeling that he poet has searched very well the words to describe his feelings but at the same time describing the bird. He searches for words that sound as they are written for example "sweeps smooth". The second verse consists only of three lines explaining how the bird spots its pray and here, the beauty of the bird is more accentuated when the author uses "Brute beauty" to describe how beautiful the bird is, even when it is hunting. The word "brute" has an impact on the readers because this word means violent, wild, but here, the author uses it to emphasize that the beauty is a different kind of beauty; that it is a magnificent beauty, so marvellous and magnificent that there is no better word to describe it than brute. ...read more.

Conclusion

This verse is more as a pronouncement. Here the author stops speaking about the bird and makes us realise how God's beauty of creation is in everything, even in things where there is no apparent beauty. This is achieved also when Hopkins starts talking about how the "sh�er pl�d" makes even ploughing beautiful and how "blue-bleak embers" are also beautiful. In conclusion, I think that Hopkins decides to first start talking about the Windhover and about its "Brute beauty" to then compare it to the beauty found in every thing of creation. He relates human being to the beauty of nature because the beauty found in nature comes from human's sacrifice. The words on Hopkins poem impact me because they make me realise how lucky we are to be part of creation and enjoy the beauty there is from Christ's sacrifice. ...read more.

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