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Thomas Hardy and Gerard Hopkins are two Victorian poets with a strong love for nature but two very strong opposing views on the Christian religion This is evident in their works sometimes its subtle and at other times it is direct Each relate to human emotion hardships and pains but at the same time relate these misfortunes to human relations with God or Gods lack in human life I believe that nature and religion are two major themes in the writings of Hopkins and Hardy these two subjects directly correlate with each other because of the backgrounds of these two poets in religion and with the natural worldWhen I think of comparing Hardy and Hopkins my mind instantly starts to think about religion These two poets have completely different views on religion Hopkins sees God as the overriding force of everything on the earth even those things that are man-made This can be shown in his life Hopkins had a great loyalty to Catholicism and was eventually ordained as a priest in the church This is a very strong reason for his use and influence of faith in his poetry Hopkins expresses his strong Christian faith through his work and thanks God for his presence in even the most minuscule things Hardy however has this cynical tone towards the Christian beliefs in God He sometimes references or makes the argument towards the lack of a God or God Hardy was raised in a family that had a strong religious background but as he grew older found his thoughts about Christianity started to clash with what he was encountering in life In most of his works like Channel Firing he has a reaction to a world with a god that is either indifferent to human suffering or nonexistent The views of these poets can be seen in their most famous works For example in Hopkinss Gods Grandeur and Hardys Channel Firing these two poems are a
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