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GODS GRANDEUR Hopkins delivers a sonnet of fourteen lines jam packed with similes rhymes metaphors and alliterations to explain how wonderful God is The first line of the sonnet tells with authority what the entire poem is about Hopkins uses the word Charged to show that God is powerful and such greatness is not to be taken lightly The title of the poem is Gods Grandeur and the use of alliteration is evident in the first line when the author uses the term The Grandeur of God It is as though Hopkins is saying that no matter which way it is said God is still great In line two and three consecutive similes are introduced early in the sonnet as a way of making sure that the audience understands Gods Grandeur before moving on Like shinning from shook foil and like the ooze of oil Right away brings a sense of familiarity to the audience since oil and foil are materials that are common to men At the same time the first stanza uses comparisons and repetitions to show the extent of trauma by man upon the rod The imagination is awoken when spirituality is brought to life by nature Flame as in fire oil which is earthly and grandeur which sounds heavenly shows versatility and inability to use the natural to explain the supernatural The line Generations have trod have trod have trod is a single line yet is so powerful This is being interpreted as men work so hard putting their footprints on the earth therefore men do not get to see the planet The use of rhymes is evident throughout the entire poem Hopkins uses this style to elaborate on a point but does not over do it Throughout the poem thirteen of the fourteen lines Hopkins delivers opinion and only once the reader is asked a question Why do men then now not reck his rod
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