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In The May Magnificat Gerald Hopkins describes the merry month of May as Marys month and for that reason it is all the more magnificent May is Marys month because she is no other than the great Mother Goddess of earths renewal When he asks the mighty mother why May is her month she answers with her own question What is Spring to which she answers Growth in every thing - Flesh and fleece fur and feather Grass and greenworld all together Star-eyed strawberry-breasted Throstle above her nested Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin Forms and warms the life within And bird and blossom swell In sod or sheath or shell The rising and sizing and magnifying of things are likened to how Mary did in her magnify the Lord There is still more It tells the mirth the ecstasy of the Maid When drop-of-blood-and-foam-dapple Bloom lights the orchard-apple And thicket and thorp are merry With silver-surfed cherry Hopkins continues to celebrate Springs universal bliss until almost as an afterthought he awkwardly drags himself back from the pagan world This ecstasy all through mothering earth Tells Mary her mirth till Christs birth To remember and exultation In God who was her salvation In The May Magnificat Hopkins use of sprung rhythm since after his own notes on the subject nothing is left to say I will dwell rather on what at first sight seems the strange imagery it is of great beauty of his poems Sprung rhythm four stresses in each line of the first couplet three in each of the second This acute and piercing visual apprehension this sharpening and heightening of the thing seen so as to obtain its essential spirit produces great beauty in The May Magnificat Here in the sharply seen image the star-eyed strawberry-breasted thrush strawberry-breasted because of the freckles on her breast in the enhanced and deepened color
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