Happy World Poetry Day!

Hi everyone!

We hope you have had a lovely day filled with spring and literature.  In honor of World Poetry Day, here is a poem by one of Leandra’s favorite poets, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Hopkins was a British Victorian priest and poet whose works are public domain and can be found online, so check that out if you like what you see here (“Carrion Comfort” is another personal favorite).  Don’t worry:  there will also be an original short story by Leandra posted Sunday (that continues the poetry theme, though it is prose.  Hint:  brush up on your Keats!).  So, without further ado, here’s Hopkins’ “The Windhover”

The Windhover

Gerard Manley Hopkins

To Christ our Lord

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king

       dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding

       Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding

High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing

In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,

       As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend:  the hurl and gliding

      Rebuffed the big wind.  My heart in hiding

Stirred for a bird,-the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh air, pride, plume, here

   Buckle!  AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion

Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it:  shéer plód makes plough down sillion

    Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,

Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.


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