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Societies Neglect For Gods Grandeur In Gerard Manley Hopkins sonnet Gods Grandeur the speaker is an omniscient observer of mankind -- probably Hopkins himself He is speaking to man in an effort to help society realize the beauty in life Hopkins senses several errors in his species He believes society fails to recognize the grandeur of God and is content to tread the earth and waste vast resources Gods Grandeur appeals to the readers sensitivity and reveals the unlimited joys offered by nature Gods Grandeur can be divided into four sections Lines 1-4 a presentation of Gods grandeur Lines 5-8 a statement of mans feeble efforts Lines 9-12 a praise of natures resilient power Lines 13-14 a return to Gods benign power The tone of this magnificent sonnet moves from a powerful capitulation of Gods omnipotence to a dreary expression of mans destruction of his earth to a delicate statement of natures everlasting fecundity and finally to a gentle image of God protecting his creation Moving through the four marked sections of Hopkinss poem the theme is quite clear man is so imprisoned in the daily affairs of life his trade and toil that he fails to recognize the beauty and power of God regardless of this nature will always remain a source of freshness and inspiration and God will continue to brood over and to protect his world In the first section Hopkins develops a conceit of Gods grandeur flaming out charging the world like shining from shook foil The image of God that Hopkins presents is magnificent The image of aluminum foil shaking and reflecting brilliant light is one possibility Another is an image of a Leyden jar connected internally to a conducting rod The beautiful world is charged with its rich connotative meanings such as electricity aggressiveness power and control This is coupled with the ooze of oilCrushed One possibility is the olive oil pressed from olives another
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