Wednesday, 31 of August of 2016

Gerard Manley Hopkins – Binsey Poplars

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous 20th-century fame established him among the leading Victorian poets.  His experimental explorations in prosody (especially sprung rhythm) and his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse. ...Unable to suppress his desire to describe the natural world, he also wrote music, sketched, and for church occasions he wrote some “verses,” as he called them. He would later write sermons and other religious pieces. from Wikipedia 



Binsey Poplars 

(Felled 1879) 

My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, all are felled;
        Of a fresh and following folded rank
                Not spared, not one
                That dandled a sandalled
        Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering
        weed-winding bank. 

O if we knew but what we do
        When we delve or hew–
Hack and rack the growing green!
        Since country is so tender
To touch her, being so slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,
Where we, even when we mean
                to mend her we end her,
        When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
        Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
                Strokes of havoc unselve
        The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene. 

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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