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Spring

Spring

  

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Spring Innocence Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #1

"Spring" (title)

Already, the title has set us up with ideas of innocence. We hear spring and we think of new life: flowers and baby birds and first love. (OK, maybe that last one is just us.)

Quote #2

does so rinse and wring
The ear, (lines 4-5)

This rinsing and wringing, this making clean, also suggests innocence to us. Think about it: generally we associate sin with being dirty, and innocence with being pure and clean.

Quote #3

the racing lambs (line 8)

What's more innocent than a frolicking lamb? Their presence is like the final stamp on this scene that tells us: Certified Innocent.

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