Interested in God’s Grandeur? It’s one Petrarchan sonnet that describes the world infused by God with the power and beauty that withstand people and their corrupted nature. It starts with the assertion that God charged this world with grandeur, and then this story describes certain implications associated with this kind of charge. Basically, it’s just like some physical force, brightness, or electric current that can be seen.
This poem was written by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and this is where the questions a human response to this grandeur. Why do people fail to accept and recognize a divine rule? Instead, they keep dirtying the world by using it for their mundane purposes. The writing images offered by the author work on both metaphorical and literal levels. This means that you can read this sonnet both as some metaphorical lament that people are more concerned with utilitarian and prosaic than with their spiritual values and a literal lament for destructing the environment by different industries.
In any case, the world in this poem written in 1877 seems tarnished and people are insulated and unable to perceive grandeur and its underlying beauty. Its sestet dispels the gloom evoked in its first part. The author claims that even though most people remain insensitive to the world’s glory, its power and beauty still remains intact and inviolable. Nights seem dark and there is an ongoing restoration of mornings and light due to God’s presence who restores and protects this world.
It’s interesting that the author didn’t want to publish his poems so that he decided to entrust them to his good friend, Robert Bridges, who placed some of them in anthologies. In 1918, Bridges published a volume of Hopkins’s poetry after his death. As you already know, God’s Grandeur is written based on the conventions of Petrarchan sonnets that are formed by 2 basic parts, initial 8 lines or octaves, and concluding 6 lines or sestet. In most cases, these sonnets pose a certain problem in the octave and offer a solution in their sestet.
The author poses a major problem of people’s response to nature and its beauty created by God, but he offers a resolution through God’s grace preserving this world despite human despoliation. Finally, there is another interesting fact that you should learn about Hopkins, and it’s all about his studies of Welsh and Anglo-Saxon poetry that drew his attention in alliteration.
Interested in God’s Grandeur? It’s one Petrarchan sonnet that describes the world infused by God with the power and beauty that withstand people and their corrupted nature.