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Poetry Practice: “Pied Beauty”

Pied Beauty
by Gerard Manly Hopkins

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.

Discussion questions:

1. Say three words that appear in the first three lines that you have never heard before.

2. What two sounds do you feel in your mouth when you say line 4 out loud?

Pied Beauty Quick Quiz

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