by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Spring Man and the Natural World Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (line)
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; (line 2)
Bringing natural ("weeds") and man-made ("wheels") imagery together sets up a subtle sense of harmony between man and nature.
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring (lines 3-4)
The connection between the sound that a thrush makes and this feeling of spiritual cleansing says a lot about how the relationship between man and nature can bring man closer to a heavenly ideal. (If you want to hear the thrush's song, click here.)