Unit 1 - Journal Entry in response to Hopkins' "Pied...

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Journal Entry in response to Hopkins’ “Pied Beauty” At first glance, “Pied Beauty” seems difficult to understand. Some of the words in the poem are unfamiliar and with its form of a shifting pattern and rhythm changes, I initially find myself looking for some kind of meaning. By reading the poem aloud very slowly, however, I begin to effectively absorb the words and what they are saying. The first thing that captures my attention is the usage of words describing the uniqueness of things found in nature including “the rose moles all in stipple upon trout that swim” and “landscape plotted and pieced-fold, fallow, and plough.” Also, the poem says that various parts of nature such as “fresh fire-cole chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;” and “all things counter, original, spare, strange” are stunning. The poem ends with, “he fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: praise him,” thereby addressing God as the creator of nature and clarifying the need to glorify him for such a feat. In my opinion, the central theme of the poem revolves around the observation that nature, created by God, is beautiful in its variety and that ironically, although the beauty of God is eternal and absolute, He is nonetheless the father of change. The poem’s title is reflected throughout as seen through the many examples listed of pied beauty, the variety in form, and even the poem’s closing line. A pied entity would be one having patches of two or more colors. In regards to the poem, piedness seems to signify how the combination of different things is beautiful in itself. The most convincing evidence of this is the representation of nature through a variety of different things. Another example of piedness is seen in the diversity of the poem’s form. At the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLIT 300 taught by Professor Petergillespie during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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