Gerard Hopkins in "The Windhover puts divinity into human form as he compares the hovering bird to Christ. He writes a masterful description of the experience of watching the bird's physical feats and his heart's response to the experience. The poem's subtitle "To Christ our Lord gives the reader the message that this poem is about more than just the moving experience of watching the windhover. This whole experience of observing the bird is a reflection of the glory of Christ's life and resurrection. Hopkins uses phrases throughout the poem that refer to both the bird and to Christ.
The poet sees the bird as an incarnated Christ.