As a devotional poem Pied Beauty is very unique because in it the poet asks us to live and enjoy life and its myriad beauties and in turn surrender ourselves in praise to the source of it all, which is God. Line four bursts with alliteration and internal half-rhyme: Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Here is the fourth element, fire, in the form of recently fallen chestnuts either horse or sweet , which tend to shine as if they're alight when they're fresh on the ground. Do we, as a society, overvalue the idea of beauty? This vision of Nature flowing from within with radiant colours and life is characteristic of Hopkins in the time of his spiritual formation. In these colors and patterns, Hopkins seems to liken the earth to a quilt, with a adaptor: Landscape plotted and pieced… The poem concentrates a great deal on nature, but also draws attention to the appearance of men in various trades, and how they look in am array of clothes and tools: … Gear and tackle and trim. With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a dazzle, dim; He fathers- forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. As a side note, Hopkins particularly uses alliteration to catch our ear:Glory… God; couple-colour; Fresh-firecoal, falls, finches; plotted, pieced; fold, fallow; and, trades, tackle, trim.
Besides this, he also holds law degree. Hopkins sees patterns of color, each divergent from its surroundings. Let us praise God who created all dappled things. He describes the colors of the sky. In line three another combination appears: rose-moles, which are reddish spots on the sides of trout.
Hence we see that Pied Beauty is a very special piece not just in the cannon of Hopkins but also in the entire canon of English poetry in the way it is quintessentially religious, sensually pagan and technically modern at the same time. This alteration of the sonnet form is quite fitting for a poem advocating originality and contrariness. This one line alone sends the reader into contemplation—having always associated beauty with perfection, this makes one look at things from a whole new perspective; a perspective not tainted with the artificial and superficial human ideals about beauty. Sharp argues that these references can be logically interpreted as yet another reference to love; the maps Donne with which would have been familiar were not theMercator-style maps that are common in the modern era, but instead cordiform maps, which appear in the shape of a heart and allow for the display of multiple worlds, which Donne alludes to in lines 11 to 18. Taking this glory of God into account, Hopkins asks mankind to praise him, then all the problems of the universe can be resolved peacefully. Hopkins sees patterns of color, each divergent from its surroundings.
Pied Beauty is a reduced form of the sonnet, known as a curtal sonnet, and is one of many poems written by Hopkins that gives praise to God's natural omnipotence. Pied Beauty begins with a direct, respectful expression of gratitude - to God - for the multitude of things that are dappled, beautiful to the eye in their design and patterning. In addition, the landscape is pieced, plotted, fold, follow and ploughed. In a sweeping octave he attributes the infiniteness of the skies, trivial creations such as trouts and chestnuts as well as the whole evolution of mankind to the creative powers of the Almighty. The poet uses a simile because, just like the cow, which is usually white with streaks of brown or black, the sky too is streaked with different colours: red, yellow, purple, blue, white and orange. He admires the co-existence of contrary things: he admires their uniqueness and originality, their rarity which makes them precious, and their oddness which differentiates each from the others. All things counter, o riginal, spare, strange; What ever is fickle, freckled who knows how? All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled who knows how? This perhaps portrays the different hierarchies of the world that we see today, whether it is caste, wealth or class.
The alliteration continues right to line 10 and culminates in the six stressed line 9: With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a dazzle, dim; And the poem comes to the imperative conclusion - Praise him. In this short poem, Hopkins appreciates the strength of the god in the universe. And for all the different jobs that humans do. And the way fallen chestnuts look like red coals in a fire. Hopkins creates a prayer like poem in praise of the beauty and design of nature that God has created. In eleven lines the poet distills the essence of these whilst noting that their beauty comes from a single source - God.
As you read through the line it is part of, the eye tends to treat this combination as one word and so the voice alters a little, the sound changes subtley. The wings of finches are multicolored, as is a patchwork of farmland in which sections look different according to whether they are planted and green, fallow, or freshly plowed. By praising the creation, he praised the almighty god. He glorifies the infinite power of God to create the vicissitudes of things and also for the power to bring uniformity despite the diversity. In much the same way, the sky varies from day to day, often spotted or fairly taken over with clouds. He perhaps is trying to link them all together, and express the feeling that there is room for everyone in the kingdom of God, or God sees all, from the rich to the poor, no matter what your social status.
He was a keen observer of all things natural. He wrote poems as a young man but burnt most of them when his calling came. Rhyme and Rhythm There are some interesting word combinations and internal near rhymes in Pied Beauty. Awe and wonder, in conclusion, In this way, we can see how Hopkins creates a powerful poem that skillfully describes and praises the beauty Of nature. Hopkins also praises God for providing these things in life. Some things are swift, others slow; some are sweet, others sour; some are exceptionally bright, others lustreless. Note how every rhyming lines are indented to the same extent.
His poem, 'Pied Beauty,' is an example of this. In elementary school, he won a poetry contest, and it was evident early on in his life that he was a gifted writer. There is a connection between the two according to the speaker. Here, chestnut kernels are compared to smoldering embers; the reddish-brown meat inside the chestnut, being similar to the fiery reddish-orange hue of glowing coal. The usage of the hyphen in the first 3-4 lines is to link together words one would normally not associate with each other, thereby forcing the reader to revisit his views on the objects around him. It is this variety that keeps us enthralled with the sky's beauty from day to day. Then there are different kinds of industry, with their neat and well-maintained equipment and apparatus.