Little Words, Big Ideas
Awe and Amazement
"Spring," for its first eight lines at least, is a praise-poem. Our speaker celebrates the beauty of nature and the profound effects it can have on man. The act of paying close attention to the nat...
The natural world is very important to the speaker of "Spring" but, in a way, the importance of this spring landscape is really as an avenue for contemplating the biblical Garden of Eden and Christ...
Man and the Natural World
Hopkins singles out spring for description and praise, since he feels that it is the time of year that brings mankind closest to the harmony of man and nature (and God) that existed in the biblical...
The natural imagery in "Spring," as well as the religious concerns surrounding the Garden of Eden, are centered on the idea of innocence. The loss of innocence – both in man's expulsion from...
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