He asks many questions to her, but when gets no result, then assumes answers and moves further. Also worth noting is that this is the series of lines that shake up the rhyme scheme. Each of us will answer the question in our own way. In the final, and heaviest, movement of the poem, Hopkins goes on to identify what this sorrow is that Margaret feels and will, he assures us, continue to feel, although in different ways. We find character, dialogue, and setting and plot as well in the poem. The child is emotional and ignorant regarding this loss, whereas the speaker is poetical, philosophical, and generalizing something of a natural process which is really tough and vague to understand by an innocent girl.
The result looks less like poetry on paper, but sounds more like poetry when read aloud. He liked to express his feelings and views in new ways. Hopkins is referring to an unpleasant and harsh piece of human history that will ultimately be the primary cause of all sorrow in our lives. His friends continually urged him to publish his poems, but Hopkins resisted; all that he saw in print in his lifetime were some immature verses and original Latin poems, in which he took particular pleasure. A lot of this part of the poem, the octave, is easier to understand than the sestet. Throughout the poem, the child's innocence is gradually lost over time as her weeping for the dying leaves turns into weeping for her own mortality. Is this a condescending quality, or is it just an indication of nostalgia overtaking the narrator? The speaker of the poem has tried to read the mentality of a young child.
The poet is seemingly speaking to a young child, Margaret, who in her naivety and youth is only beginning to learn about aging and death. Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry Foundation agenda angle-down angle-left angleRight arrow-down arrowRight bars calendar caret-down cart children highlight learningResources list mapMarker openBook p1 pin poetry-magazine print quoteLeft quoteRight slideshow tagAudio tagVideo teens trash-o. Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? In the speaks to a young girl, telling her that when she grieves for the dying of a forest, she does not realize that she is in fact grieving for her own mortality because, like the trees, humans will also wither and die. The question remains though as to what that underlying reason is, and it is only in the last lines of the poem that the idea is stated so clearly as to remove any doubt. If you placed it at the end of the sentence, you would be communicating to the reader that all ideas in the sentence are Hopkins'.
Luckily for us, though, he changed his mind. It seems that this poem is ultimately speaking more vaguely about something far more serious than just life and death. Poetry does not use page numbers to refer to information in the text. People spend vast sums to increase their life spans or find miracle cures. The second part, of six lines, is known as the sestet. The swing line between the octave and sestet is a perfect balancing point, combining the child's intuitive grief with the adult's conscious understanding and willful grief: And yet you will weep and know why. Yes, Andrew Hollering is right, though I would state the same idea somewhat differently: it is actually an English sonnet, though with fifteen lines instead of fourteen.
What made him change his mind? In short, the poem can be discussed as a sonnet because it has some of the features of the typical sonnet, but it must be called a modified sonnet adapted to a. In general the rule is: unstressed syllables don't matter provided that there are a fixed number of stressed syllables in each line. This is typical of this most original of poets. We become hardened to this with time, and our giving to charities is likewise affected. In the context of a Victorian age that valued uniformity, efficiency, and standardization, this theological notion takes on a tone of protest. His skill in drawing, too, allowed him to illustrate his journal with meticulously observed details of flowers, trees, and waves. In the second line he pictures fresh weeds growing through a wheel in a yard.
The speaker in the poem behaves as a philosopher. We may know the story of the fall, but we can never fully understand the intense seriousness of what the fall really was. Since nursery rhymes usually have. The Norton Introduction to Literature. Even though she does not yet know, the dread is there, highlighting the fear and concern of mortality that haunts humans throughout life.
Lines five and six then serve to connect these musings to human life and activity. The poem is about the reality of human existence that has been well introduced through its title 'Spring and Fall'. What is more, his works also possess a deep meaning in terms of how the poet views the beauty of the natural world. There are differing opinions about Sprung Rhythm: there's much dispute, even among experts. For a young heart, it is intolerable to tolerate separation and loss. It's the epitome of what I call indispensable English poetry. To complete the documentation process, you must include a work cited page.
All other documents on this site written by Ms. Wait, are we bumming you out? In the fourth and fifth lines he shows his delight at the wonderful sound of the thrushes song in the woods and compares its effect to lightning. He thought that writing poetry was all about individual ambition and desires, and as a priest, he wanted to do away with all those pesky individual desires. Commentary This poem is a miniature or set-piece, and a kind of ritual observance. Very plainly, he says that it is all because of Margaret's childhood. The first stanza had 12 lines, while the only other stanza that met up to the same amount of lines was the very last. Since Margaret does not speak in this poem, the only one talking is the narrator.