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Gods Granduer

            Tara walked through the metal detector at her high school's entrance. After she passed she continued through the graffiti stained hallways and strolled by some guy being beaten up by another guy. Tar pondered the idea of what a peaceful school would be like. She had grown up in this slum town and it seemed like nothing or anyone had any good left in them. She walked into her science class, and to her amazement she saw something different than usual. Her teacher was wearing this beautiful sweater, a gorgeous skirt, and a marvelous cross necklace that glistened in the light. Tara sat and stared a while, how could it be that among all this corruption and violence, that there was something so pure and beautiful standing in the center of it. Tara saw what is apparent everywhere if you just take the time to notice it. Another person who takes notice of these diamonds in the rough is Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins expresses all of God's beauty in the oddest places in his poem "God's Grandeur". Through this poem Hopkins reveals the light of God that shines through the smallest cracks.
             The poem is actually an Italian sonnet. There are fourteen lines in it, each of them containing 10 syllables, making it iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is broken up among an octet, with a rhyme scheme of Ababa, and then a sestet with cross rhyme. Hopkins is the speaker of this poem. He structures the sonnet into three parts; the first being a statement, the second being the statement's opposition, and the third being the conclusion of the statement. Some techniques used in this sonnet are internal rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and listing. All of these .
             items combine together with the honest tone that Hopkins has given it, and they form a very inspiring sonnet.
             The first two lines state that "The world is charged with the grandeur of God/ It will flame out, like shining from shook foil"(1,2). This is a metaphor used to convey the power of God's beauty.

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