Analysis Of Gerard Manley Hopkins's The Windhover

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Over the decades, Gerard Manley Hopkins has been a perpetual source of controversy regarding his peculiar manner of writing poetry, as well as an obvious detachment from the typical Victorian mentality. In a time of a terrible religious decay, his poetry has a highly Christian foundation. This essay aims to scrutinize the presence of Jesus Christ under different representations in one Hopkinsian poem, namely The Windhover. First and foremost, it is of significant importance to acknowledge the influences under which Hopkins created poetry. He was the product of two Victorian doctrines merged together: scholasticism and aestheticism. Hopkins, student of the Oxford University, benefited from a formation of high quality as an intellectual. In…show more content…
Mariani saw in the verb “buckle” the image of Christ on the cross, “in the V-shaped collapse of his out-pinned arms, when his body buckled under its own weight” . One may consider this exaggerated, however, I believe his idea goes hand in hand with the final image of Christ that can be identified in the last 3 lines of the poem. Hopkins highly codifies and stylizes the scene of Jesus’s Crucifixion. The verb “gash” is a terrible visual image of the body of Christ being wounded and then it is intensified by a second one suggestive of Christ’s “gold-vermillion” blood shedding. Despite the fact that Christ’s body is severely injured, His grandeur is not weakened, on the contrary, He becomes even more wonderful and shining. His final sacrifice is meant to reveal the world His inner glow and kindness. In conclusion, through his use of obscure and imprecise terminology, through his particular choice of words and complicated manner of placing them in the poem, Hopkins managed to convey his belief of God’s immanency in the world. The Windhover is clearly a devotional poem in praise of Christ’s beauty, love and kindness in the world. The large variety of images of Jesus Christ that Hopkins created cause the reader to reflect on the divine core of everything in

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