In Gerard Manley Hopkin’s poem “Carrion Comfort”, ‘parallelism’, ‘deviation’ and ‘variation’ are used to explore the patterns of Hopkins’ poem. Parallelism refers to the repetition of sentence structure or word order to achieve a rhythmical effect. The overall effect is that sentence parts seem to rhyme. More importantly, the thoughts that these parts express are either repeated or contrasted. Therefore, parallelism in poetry involves the arrangement of coordinate thoughts to the effect that the relationship between them is emphasized and and their meaning highlighted.
Among the examples of the use of parallelism in this poem is in the first line Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;Not untwist -- slack they may be -- these last strands of man. Hopkins establishes a tone of tension and conflict that continues throughout the poem by beginning the first line with the word “Not” and then repeating it at the beginning of the second line. By beginning with “Not,” Hopkins immediately conveys that he is struggling. The repetitive use of not strengthens the poet’s stand.
In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more. I can; Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be. In the above line from the poem, two forms of parallelism are present, the first one is the repeated use of the word “can”, this repeated use of the word creates rhyme. The second use of parallelism is evident when the words “hope”, and “wish” are used together in the same sentence, both words are nearly synonymous and conveys the poet’s positive thoughts.
Near the end of the first stanza, parallelism is also used in this line “me frantic to avoid thee and flee?”. The words avoid and flee almost carry the same meaning, the poet intends to convey the message that he is trying to get away from somewhere or something. “lapped strength, stole joy, would laugh, cheer. “ The terms lapped strength, stole joy convey the same positive meaning while the words laugh and cheer are...
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