Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

I have always loved poems and this semester in my Textual Analysis class we have mostly been talking about poems. Today, I would like to share on of the poems with you. The poem is called Pied Beauty and is written by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford on July the 28th 1844 and died in Dublin on June the 8th 1889. Gerard Manley Hopkins is considered to be one of the best poets of the Victorian era. Sadly, many of his poems were not accepted for publication until after his death. He never received the recognition that he deserved whilst still alive.

The poem that I am writing my essay about is Pied Beauty. Pied Beauty is a curtal sonnet, it was written in 1877 when Gerard was 33 years old, at that time he had failed his final theology exam and therefore could not become a priest, but published 29 years after his death in 1918. It was one of the first poems he had written in a sprung rhythm style he claimed to have discovered. 

In the poem the narrator appreciates all the things God has given the world, mostly that can be found the nature. 

Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.


Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)

Poetry Foundation

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Shoesday #3

Life is being a little bit crazy these days. Well, that is the understatement of the year. The truth is life is being bat shit crazy and that is just how it is. On the bright side, my birthday is in 6 days and I will have been alive for 23 years and I can handle this bat shit craziness. 

I can't believe it is almost December, I as well can't believe that in 2 weeks my exams start! However, today I wanted to make my third (in a row!) Shoesdays. Looking at shoes online keeps me relaxed!

First, how cute are these rain boots from Target? I might have to order me a pair before Roskilde Festival. 

I had as well shoes from Betsey Johnson and Luichiny in Happy Shoesday #1.

The last one is only for people living in the UK (sadly) it is a design from the Stylist Pick webpage that I am madly in love with! You can sign up for the page here.

That is all for today, hopefully me life will start being calm and peaceful again and I will be able to write more.

Lots of love!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Shoesday #2

I really liked looking up shoes online so I decided to do it again! Happy second Shoesday! A friend of mine said that I was choosing way too high heels so this time I tried to pick something more user-friendly. 

I wanted to add this one to the mix, mostly because it costs $1,195.00 and it is such a unique design! 

I might try to have Shoesday every Tuesday :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Shoesday!

Let's talk about shoes! Why? Because I love them! As well partially because I want some more but paying things like school tuition and coffee is more important than shoes. Sad reality I live in.

There is something about shoes that makes me happy. Even if I can't buy any, just looking at them makes me giddy. 

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