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Title: An exercise in practical criticism : G.M. Hopkins' "The Windhover"
Authors: Briffa, Charles
Keywords: Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889. Windhover -- Criticism and intrepretation
English poetry -- 19th century
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Upper Secondary School Valletta
Citation: Briffa, C. (1983). An exercise in practical criticism : G.M. Hopkins' "The Windhover". Hyphen, 4(1), 19-23
Abstract: In this article, the author tries to explain through both form (sonnet) and the words used what the poet G.M. Hopkins is trying to convey to the reader. The details of the sonnet can have interpretations, but they all contribute towards the basic theme of conflict between the bird's beauty and freedom of action and the Jesuit's life of renunciation. Some statements in the poem seem to show that his world is superior to the falcon's world, yet at times he appears to be undecided. And it is this indecision, reverberating in his mind, that is the cause of the conflict.
Appears in Collections:Hyphen, Volume 4, No. 1 (1983)
Hyphen, Volume 4, No. 1 (1983)

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