Pied Beauty

The beauty of language is when it creates a sensory experience – taste, touch, smell, sight and sound. Good literature, such as Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem below captures such magic.

Verbal impressionism, his words leave you with a feeling rather than a concrete image.


Glory be to God for dappled things–
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced–fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Indeed !