This is a beautiful poem composed by GM Hopkins. In this poem, he praises the magnificence and glory of god in the world. The god is the protector of the nature. Though a man fails to recognize the power of a god and destroys the beauty of nature, it is never emptied and does not disappear.
According to him the whole world is charged or activated by the will of God. This is expressed in the beginning line of the poem. The magnificence or the greatness of God has kept the earth alive and lively. The poet draws the image of the shining foil, which is when reflected, sends out the light of a burning flame. This image is used to show the lively existence of the world. Similarly the oil is another image to show the richness of the earth. Such a magnificence of God is manifested in this way. God cannot be seen or touched, but his noble work of art is understood through different manifestations. Unfortunately human intelligence fails to understand this truth.
God is the picture of absolute compassion. And this compassion is meant for the welfare of human beings. Unfortunately men are not aware of such a grace or they are insensitive to perceive the loving care of divine hand. Thus the poet poses a question about the punishment on the day of the last judgment. According to the Biblical belief, sinners??? are condemned to hell forever on this day. Human being, wearing shoes is stepping upon the ruined earth, which is symbolically meant to express the inability to feel the pain of the earth.
Important questions and answers:
1. What is the central idea of the poem?
Ans: In this poem, the poet believes the greatness of the god. He praises the magnificence and glory of god in the world. According to him, god is the protector of the nature. Though the man fails to recognize the power of the god and destroys the beauty of nature, it is never emptied and does not disappear. When springs comes, nature renews itself because there is always the freshness of nature at the bottom of the world. The beauty of god is changeless and eternal forever.
2. What is the effect of repetition of the words “have trud”?
Ans: This repetition of the words “have truds” emphasizes the commercial activities and worldly pleasure of human beings. The human generation have been marching on this earth from their origin searing, blearing and smearing the world continuously. The words also create a music in this poem.