Gerald Manley Hopkins (1833-1889)
-"run-on rhyme has heavily influenced modern poetry." (Horton 674)
-has unusual diction
Analysis of "Pied Beauty"
"Pied Beauty," at first glance, may seem like a poem about a cow. However, the poem goes imensely deeper than that. It states, "He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change (Horton 675)." With this phrase, Hopkins emphasizes God's love for all His creatures both imperfect and even more imperfect. What Hopkins wrote is true. God loves the "strange," "fickle," and "dappled" things (Horton 675). He even declares so Himself in Genesis when He pronounces His creation "good."
The one lesson that I'm taking away from this poem is the lesson to not be superficial. I have countless "spots" and imperfections that is way past change, and God loves them all. It's a good reminder to not look at other's faults but to look at them with the unconditional, non-judgmental love God bestows upon me.
Horton, Ronald A. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville: Bob Jones University Press, 1992.