Explication of God’s Grandeur
Word Count: 772
February 20, 2013
Human Relationships and the Divine
Relationships between humans and the Divine has been the subject of many authors’ writings; in fact the very first text ever published was the Bible which is the most comprehensive link between the Divine and humans. History is full of examples of people trying to define their relationship with the Divine or lack thereof. In the poem, “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins human relationships with the Divine are explored. First off, we see an attempt to capture the obscurity, beauty and knowledge which is ever present in human beings relationships with the Divine. In many aspects human and Divine relationships are very obscure, since it is often difficult to remain faithful when God does not appear to be apparent in everyday life. Hopkins realizes this, but compels the reader to take a closer look at the splendor of God which surrounds us every day, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God' (457). Secondly, Hopkins underlines the beauty of God’s undying love for humankind. “Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs- Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! Bright wings” (457). We also see that this Divine spirit is with us even in our ‘bent' ways. The use of the word bent gives a double connotation; we get the image of this Divine spirit above the Earth, in space, looking over us. It also points out the crookedness of humanity, or the warped path humanity has taken. Despite all of our misgivings, Hopkins depicts the beauty of the Lord as ever present, no matter how ‘bent’ our path becomes. In this final stanza, Hopkins is providing an answer to David’s Lamentation, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning” (Psalm 22:1) (Zonderman). Hopkins is stating that God is never far he is always there watching over us. This,...