“Pied Beauty” is a curtal sonnet by the English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins ( –). It was written in , but not published until , when it was. Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Pied Beauty Learning Guide by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley. Brief summary of the poem Pied Beauty. by Gerard Manley Hopkins All these beautiful, mixed-up, ever-changing things were created or “fathered” by a God.

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Then he mentions the trout swimming around with their rose-coloured skin spotted with pidd. The comparision of the sky with a streaked cow is rather odd.

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Next, he mentions the windfalls from chestnut trees: He goes on to mention the finches with their multi-coloured wings. This vision of Nature flowing from within with radiant colours and life is characteristic of Hopkins in the time of his spiritual formation. Then there are different kinds of industry, with their neat and well-maintained equipment and apparatus.

In line 7 to 9, the poet sums up the general qualities he admires in such dappled things. He admires the co-existence of geard things: He likes their very fickleness that is, their irregularity in durationand their freckled or speckled appearance which implies an irregularity in pattern.

At the same time he asks the metaphysical question: Some things are swift, others slow; hopkinns are sweet, others sour; some are exceptionally bright, others lustreless.


manleey But nobody knows why such contrasts exist. In linethe poet says that all these things have their origin in God. His beauty is changeless and eternal.

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Let us praise God who created all dappled things. As illustrations of the pied pled of the world, he mentions:. Apart hoppkins above illustrations, the poet also refers to the general qualities which he appreciates in dappled things such as:. Thus, in the space of about nine lines the poet covers a man,ey range of things and their attributes. The original mottos are in Latin, of course: S Pupils in Jesuit schools follow the practice of writing the former motto A.

S at the end. We may therefore assume that Hopkins has treated this poem as an exercise in the Jesuit manner. Although Hopkins used this form in only two of his poems—Pied Beauty and Peace — it is one of his most successful inventions.

Pied Beauty

The main proportions of the sonnet are retained, but within a smaller compass. Instead of fourteen lines made up of eight plus six, we have ten and a half lines made up of six plus four and a half. Pied Beauty is a Scottish poem in the sense that Hopkins, following Scotus, is preoccupied with the intense particularly and distinctiveness of natural things.

A theological problem which greatly exercised the mind of Scotus was: The poem is remarkable for its religious fervour as much as for its vivid and compact imagery. Religion and poetry unite here to give us a song in praise of the Creator.

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He whose beauty is past change is recognized as fathering forth the slow and sour, the shade as well as the light.

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Pleasant little echoes ripple and lap through the poem —dappled couple, stipple, tackle, fickle, freckled, adazzle. The conclusion of this sonnet is that all this variety of mortal beauty must proceed from Him whom Saint Paul recognizes as the source of all fatherhood in heaven and on earth — the immortal source of all that is mortal.

Earthly beauty may be dappled; but in its dappleness there is something that reminds us of Him who is perfectly simple and without differentiation. All good attributes of creatures, however, diverse among themselves, are somehow — as Hopkins learnt from Duns Scotus — fully present and united in the rich simplicity of the divine being.

In this brief exhortation, everything in the poem, as in the world of Nature, is drawn to a point, in which all creatures contribute, as well by their varied sounds as by their show of pied beauty, to the grand symphony of praise in mxnley of their Creator.