Study Guide

As Kingfishers Catch Fire Tough-o-Meter

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

Tough-o-Meter

(8) Snow Line

Not only does Hopkins throw some hefty philosophical and religious concepts your way, you're going to need to wade through some pretty intricate syntax, imagery, and sound techniques to get there. The word that comes to mind when we think Hopkins is "dense." You'll need to bring two machetes along if you want to cut your way through this poetic jungle. Or, you can simply stick with us and follow our lead. We promise that the destination will be worth the trek.

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