According to "Pied Beauty," the beauty of the earth is dependent on change. With the help of our microscopes and telescopes, we now know that when you look close enough, both the macro and microscopic appear "dappled." Hopkins sees the same patterns of transient beauty in the greatness of a clouded sky or the smallness of finches' wings. According to the speaker of this poem, God is the only being that does not change. God brings change into the world, like a person who slowly turns a kaleidoscope. Hopkins adopts the Catholic view that God is the only unity in the world – everything else exists in diversity.
The poem argues that worldly beauty is created through the cycles of life and death.
Although "Pied Beauty" speaks of God's "beauty," the poem has no means of evaluating the beauty of God, because in the poem God is praised according to the beauty of creation, which is changeable. In other words, there is no absolute concept of beauty that does not change.