Hopkins’ Grandeur of God

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Hopkins is one of the great poets who describes God’s Grandeur to edify the people around him. Unlike Wordsworth, who explains nature as edifying to one’s self, nature is also explained in a way that reflects the greatness of God through the words of Hopkins. Hopkins first started as a Jesuit in St. Beuno’s where he wrote “As Kingfishers Catch Fire,” “Dragonflies Draw Flame,” and “The Wreck of the Deutschland.” Hopkins also wrote “God’s Grandeur,” which is one of his greatest pieces of work that displays God’s greatness; thus allowing for my faith to develop.


Portrait of Gerard Manley Hopkins | Photo from Wikimedia Commons

In the poem “God’s Grandeur,” Hopkins depicts the world currently inhabited as nothing but a wasteland. Hopkins uses an incredible amount of imagery in the start of his poem. He describes flames that burst greatness like the ooze of oil and the rod of God in which humans have quenched over many generations. Hopkins uses human knowledge, such as flames bursting, to illustrate the power of God. This gave me a greater understanding of God, thus encouraging my faith.

In Matthew 9:17, the parable says not to put new wineskins with old wineskins. In parables like this, I find it hard to understand certain things. These are not things that one can simply understand from reading it in one go. However, it is easy for me to understand the concept of flames going into a wild fire. Hopkins is trying to put into words the greatness of God through human understanding and interactions. This helps to improve my understanding of God and inspire my faith.

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