Pied Beauty | Study Guide

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Nature, Religion

Perspective and Narrator

"Pied Beauty" has no explicit speaker but is written in the cadence of a psalm, praising God's glory. The last line addresses the reader directly.


"Pied Beauty" is written in the present tense, with its last line an imperative direct address to the reader.

About the Title

The term pied is a Middle English word meaning "having two or more colors" and is related to piebald and magpie. Like the poem itself, the word both conveys the sense of mottled and "imperfect" beauty and evokes the spoken language of the countryside in which it was written.


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