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The Grandeur of a Swan A comparative essay of the role of Religion in Gods Grandeur And Leda and the Swan Relationships between humans and the Divine have been the subject of many authors writings in fact the very first text ever published was the Bible the most comprehensive link between the Divine and humans History is full of examples of people trying to define their relationship with the Divine or lack there of Have mercy on me O God according to your unfailing love Psalm 511 In the poems Gods Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats humans relationships with the Divine is explored In these poems we see an attempt to capture the obscurity beauty and knowledge that are ever present in human beings relationships with the Divine Hopkins and Yeats use a variety of method to express these views and in many ways differ in their attempts to capture this special relationship but essentially they are trying to explain the same thing the interconnection between the Divine and humans In many aspect human and Divine relationships are very obscure since it is often difficult to remain faithful when God does not appear to be apparent in every day life Hopkins realizes this but compels the reader to take a closer look at the splendor of God which surrounds us every day The world is charged with the grandeur of God Hopkins Everything around is full of Gods glory but one needs to realize that Gods glory is hidden except to the inquiring eye or on special occasions MacKenzie 1981 p 63 This is represented by the comparison of Gods glory to the shaking of gold foil Gold foil when viewed from only one angle appears to be dull but when shaken gives of radiant light much like lightning If we limit ourselves to looking for God only on the surface we may actually miss
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