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Poem of the Day > 20. The Windhover- Gerald Manley Hopkins

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Lee The Windhover.by Gerald Manley Hopkins


I CAUGHT this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.


message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee This is a great poem to read aloud to yourself


message 3: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments I love the sound of the language he uses, couldn't agree more about the reading aloud but it's a bit of a tongue twister. I love his poem about pied and dappled things. I'm dreadful with titles - must look it up.


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Laurel | 1486 comments Mod
Yeah, loving the language - 'dapple dawn drawn...' - brilliant!


message 5: by Lee (new)

Lee I've heard that Dylan Thomas was very much influenced by him - and you can see that in Under Milk Wood - "the sloeblack, slow black, crowblack, fishing boat-bobbing sea"


message 6: by Laurel (new)

Laurel | 1486 comments Mod
Ah ha! It did put me in mind of that first part of 'Under Milk Wood' that you posted the other day so that makes sense.


message 7: by Joy (new)

Joy Stephenson (joyfrankie) | 175 comments I love Gerard Manley Hopkins. I was introduced to his poems in the 6th form at school (1970s) - wonderfully original playing with sounds. I suppose all poetry needs to be read aloud, but perhaps GMH more than most.


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