By Gerard Manley Hopkins

My following poem is a "shadow"of the above poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.  It follows his poem in form and in subject (but not in words, which is a breach of copyright).  We can learn a lot from the masters of an art, and humans learn, as animals do, by imitation.  I have tried to vary the words meaning "dappled" in many ways.  There is so much to celebrate in our world of dappled colours.  


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Whilst comparing these two poems, note the rhyming schemes  and the metre used by Gerard Manley Hopkins and myself.  How many words mean "variegated colours"?  Did you work it out as iambic pentameter, ie five iambic feet per line except, of course, the last line.

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A Shadow Poem of Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Secondary Schools

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 áll trádes, 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.

Give thanks for things of multi-coloured hue:

    The speckled hen who scratches in the soil

          And marbled sky of fleetly fading day.


The brindled moth that in the lamplight flew;

    The mottled snake, from which I do recoil -

         Who’s rattling throat strikes fear into her prey.


Praise be for colours of a dappled range -

     The tawny owl, contented dairy cow

          And freckled trout who in clear waters swim.


God’s hand brings blessings to our dappled world –

                      Praise him.


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By Josie Whitehead