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Biblical referances in Hopkins work Hopkins was no doubt saturated with the Bible Bergonzi 34 Although in Gods Grandeur Hopkins does not use any specific quotations from the Bible he does employ images that evoke a variety of biblical verses and scenes all of which lend meaning to his poem Hopkins creates a powerful form of typological allusion by abstracting the essence--the defining conceit idea or structure--from individual scriptural types Landow Typological 1 Through its biblical imagery the poem manages to conjure up at various points images of the Creation the Fall Christs Agony and Crucifixion mans continuing sinfulness and rebellion and the continuing presence and quiet work of the Holy Spirit These images combine to assure the reader that although the world may look bleak man may yet hope because God through the sacrifice of Christ and the descent of His Holy Spirit has overcome the world The opening line of Gods Grandeur is reminiscent both of the Creation story and of some verses from the Book of Wisdom The word charged leads one to think of a spark or light and so thoughts of the Creation which began with a spark of light are not far off And God said Let there be light and there was light Gen 13 Yet this charge was not a one time occurrence the world is charged with the grandeur of God Hopkins 1 Or in the words of Wisdom 17 The spirit of the Lord fills the world Boyle 25 This line of the poem also sounds like Wisdom 1720 For the whole world shone with brilliant light Nor does the similarity end with the first part of this biblical verse The author of Wisdom proceeds to tell us that the light continued its works without interruption Over the Egyptians alone was spread oppressive night yet they were to themselves more burdensome than the darkness Wisd 1720-21 Here
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