Sunday, August 06, 2006

Pied Beauty

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things --

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted & pieced -- fold, fallow, & plough;
And áll trades, their gear & tackle & trim.
All things counter, original, spáre, strange;
Whatever is fickle, frecklèd, (who knows how?)
With swíft, slów; sweet, sóur; adázzle, dím;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is pást change:
Práise hím.

Here's another well-known poem by Hopkins. I think this is my favorite one. It is another one that needs to be read aloud. Here is also some biographical information on Hopkins from the Victorian Web.

Ford Madox Brown (English, 1821-1893), Carrying Corn, 1854-5


Blogger Paula said...

Fantastic poem Jenni!
Very descriptive!
I knew exactly what he was describing, except “For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow.” Now I will have to look that one up.

I am really starting to like Hopkins!

I just read his brief biography on the and was amazed at the influences he has had in his life.

His love of God and his world around him is expressed well in his poetry.

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