Happy Birthday: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), is considered to be one of the top five poets of the Victorian Era, defined as the period of Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837-1901. Many of his better poems were not published until after his death because of his unique innovations in style. He is seen as the originator of the “sprung” rhythm in poetry which mimics the rhythms of natural speech in English.

Pied Beauty

GLORY be to God for dappled things–
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim:
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced–fold, fallow, and
plough;
And àll tràdes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

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