God's Grandeur Analysis

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The poem “God’s Grandeur” by Gerald Hopkins is a poem of the relationship between God, nature and humans and the idea that no matter what is done to nature, it will heal itself. The title of the poem could be literally be taken to say “God’s Magnificence” and from this it can be inferred that the poem will draw positive connotations and images of the greatness or glory of God and his creation of nature. The poem spans and speaks literally of the effect God has on nature and man’s work that changes the landscape by production and industry but the “freshness” of nature is protected always remains and could never be destroyed. The poem is directed towards the reader where the tension of the work is the relationship between God/nature and man.
There are many keywords that are used to describe God such as “grandeur”, “shining” and “greatness”(1, 2, 3) all of which have a positive connotation. Grandeur pertains to being grand or powerful and shining creates an image or idea of holiness or radiance and lastly greatness in the simplest of terms and idea is one of high stature or great good. The keywords used to describe humans effect on nature however, is a contrast of those used to describe God such as “seared”, “bleared”, “smeared” and “smudge”(6, 7) all of which are more negative in their ideas pertaining to thoughts of damaging, dirtying or tainting, which in this context would be man damaging or harming nature. God in the first line is compared to something like an electrical current “charging” the world and spreading/diffracting light like bent foil would clarifying and reinforcing this idea of immense light and how it can touch all of life and remain through it all like an oil. In contrast, humans have seared, bleared, smeared and smudge as if they are dirtying or destroying God’s Grandeur, God’s miracle of nature, but through the word choice one can see that nature is never truly being destroyed but rather only being beaten down. This is shown when the author repeats the word “trod”(5) to express idea of constantly beating down and walking over nature.
When the author speaks of the relationship between man and God it is one of...

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