Study Guide

Binsey Poplars Calling Card

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Calling Card

Sprung Sounds that Abound

In terms of theme, Gerard Manley Hopkins really focused on just three: God, Nature, or some combination of the two. Lots of poets wrote about these Big Ideas, though, so for Hopkins' true calling card, you have to lend an ear. When you do, you'll hear a densely packed soundscape filled with rhythmic variations and sonic effects. Just take a listen to "Pied Beauty," "The Windhover," and "Spring and Fall" for more examples of Hopkins' sound stylings.

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