by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Stanza 2 Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
- This almost seems like the first line of the poem, in that it appears to be laying out a sort of theme for the lines that follow. What to make of all this overflowing of life?
- "Juice" is another word that reinforces the lushness of the scene and the season. And the word "juice" helps give a physical grounding to the broader idea of joy.
- Our speaker is wondering how to explain or get a handle on all the joys and growths of spring.
- His confusion seems to hint at some underlying concern, or at the fact that the world is not always like this spring scene.
- After all, if everything were always lush and joyful, it would hardly occur to the speaker to ask a question like this.
A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
in Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
- According to the speaker, spring is a lot like the good old times in the biblical Garden of Eden.
- Here we get our first completely explicit Judeo-Christian allusion. Our speaker is comparing the bounty and joy of spring to the sweetness and bounty of the Garden of Eden.
- The last part of this carries on to the next line, so let's keep reading.
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