The speaker in "God’s Grandeur" looks deeply at the natural world, and doesn’t hold back his or her contempt for the ways in which people and their industries have treated nature. Yet, Hopkins claims that the consequences of this treatment is only on the surface. This poem explores the idea of renewal, both for a damaged earth, and for the damaged people who walk upon it.
God’s Grandeur presents a compelling argument that people can’t be fully happy when they don’t protect the environment.
Among other things, "God’s Grandeur" proposes that the meaning of life and the purpose of human existence can be discovered through nature. As an expression both of intense anxiety and of intense joy, this poem can seem to be on the serious side. But all the language play within the poem lightens the tone, and can give us a different perspective on life, whether we agree with the poem’s ideas or not.
The speaker in "God’s Grandeur" doesn’t understand the problems of a person who has to work to exist in the world.
You can tell from the title that "God’s Grandeur" is probably a religious poem. The speaker is telling us about his or her religious visions. The speaker sees God as intimately connected to the earth. The exotic language of the poem moves us through this fascinating religious journey.
In "God’s Grandeur" the speaker argues that when people separate themselves from the natural world, by interfering with it, they are separating themselves from God.
In the world of "God’s Grandeur" everything is shifting and changing and moving. For better or worse, the potential for change runs through Gerard Manley Hopkins’s verse. The speaker’s vision is at once apocalyptic and full of bursting green life, as he or she both laments change and yearns for it.
The speaker sees the power of nature to transform itself as greater than the power of humans to transform nature.