Nin, some views of the windhover in flight.Those birds are a piece of work. Big, extremely fast, and... they don't kid around.(GMH mixing them up with God like that always made me feel... a little funny.)
Yes, it is a little funny. But seeing them fly . . . seeing birds is somehow so uplifting. I once watched a young hawk trying to catch a squirrel. It failed, over and over again, swooping down -- as the squirrel dodged easily.
The first time I encountered "The Windhover" was when I heard the actor Richard Thomas (as John-Boy on "The Waltons") read it out loud. He gave a "sensitive poet" reading, though not too overdone. He read it to his (i.e. John-Boy's) mother -- I seem to recall that they were outdoors, sitting under a tree.When he finished reading it, his mother commented that the poem was just lovely, then asked, "What's it mean?"Odd, the world fictional T.V. characters live in.I haven't read much Hopkins, though when I occasionally get an urge to read English poems from before the 20th century, his poem "The Windhover" is one of the poems I often seek out.
Good blog. I have a real soft spot for this Manley Hopkins poem http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/great-poem-by-manley-hopkins.html
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