Sunday, December 18, 2011

From "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins


TC said...

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.)

Nin Andrews said...

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.

Lyle Daggett said...

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.

Carole said...

Good blog. I have a real soft spot for this Manley Hopkins poem