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God’s Grandeur

God’s Grandeur

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Religion Theme

You can tell from the title that "God’s Grandeur" is probably a religious poem. The speaker is telling us about his or her religious visions. The speaker sees God as intimately connected to the earth. The exotic language of the poem moves us through this fascinating religious journey.

Questions About Religion

  1. Does a person need to be religious to appreciate this poem? Why or why not?
  2. What does the poem tell us, if anything, about the speaker’s idea of God?
  3. Are God and the natural world connected in the poem? If so, how are they connected? If not, how are they separate?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

In "God’s Grandeur" the speaker argues that when people separate themselves from the natural world, by interfering with it, they are separating themselves from God.

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