Study Guide

God’s Grandeur Tough-O-Meter

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Language is used in exciting and unusual ways in "God’s Grandeur." Even a quick read will leave most readers refreshed and opened by the freshness of the verse. Almost every word contains multiple meanings all of which contribute to the complexity of the poem. Since many of these words are rather obscure, this poem might take a little extra work with a dictionary. Hopkins experimented radically with language. In this poem, we see how he stretches, bends, and reforms language to suit his own purposes. So don’t be intimidated at first. A few reads, and a little thinking will make "God’s Grandeur" a fun poem to get to know.

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