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English 11207 - HUGE PAPER mark-up

English 11207 - HUGE PAPER mark-up - Tim Thyne ENGL 112.07...

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Tim Thyne ENGL 112.07 H. Walton 4/25/2007 Simply Christ God’s relationship with man is mysterious. While man continues to betray him, God responds in love and sends his son to die for man. All God desires is for man to love him, and ‘O, man can not fail him more. Many authors have written about this relationship, trying to wrap their mind around something that can never fully be comprehended. Knowing they can never fit God into the boundaries of human wisdom, they can only throw their two coins into the offering plate. Who is this God and why does he love man so much? Why does God relentlessly pursue man, and how does he reveal himself to man in today’s society? Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit priest with many contributions to poetry, seeks to clarify and praise God’s divine purpose and brings creative and unique ideas to the discussion in theology. There are two ideas that will be discussed regarding Hopkins nature sonnets. First, Hopkins is trying to portray that man’s true inscape is Christ; even though sometimes man does not choose to reflect Christ. Second, Hopkins’ last years in life are in paradox to his first years as a priest; this is a contrast of his nature sonnets to his “terrible” sonnets. The nature sonnets referred to are “God’s Grandeur”, “Pied Beauty”, and “As Kingfishers Catch Fire.” Hopkins’ idea of inscape is one of his most popular contributions to literature. In his prose writings, regarding inscape in “As Kingfishers Catch Fire,” he comments, “that the individuals of the species are of a type, and that this type expresses its true self” (Boggs 223). Inscape relates to the true inner being, and therefore purpose, of a being. An example of this idea is found in “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”. Hopkins says,
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Thyne 2 I say more: the just man justices; Keeps grace: that keeps all his going graces; Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is – Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men’s faces. (“Kingfishers”, ll. 9-14) Here Hopkins describes the relationship between Christ and man’s inscape. He says in everything good that man does, Christ is reflected. Christ is man’s inscape. Rebecca Boggs, a commentator on “As Kingfisher Catch Fire” states, “but he [man] finds that when he […] takes action that accords with Christ’s nature of divine goodness, he ‘is--/Christ’” (225) Boggs also comments that this idea gives purpose for Hopkins’ use of human features: “limbs”, “eyes”, and “faces” (Boggs 225; Hopkins, “Kingfishers”, ll. 13-14). What man comes to find is that the inscape, or purpose, of everything is to glorify God. However, it is only man whose inscape also includes being Christ. So, according to Hopkins, man’s purpose is to be Christ in everything he does. He is to be just and graceful, as was Christ. His mortal actions should reflect his Christ-like inscape.
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