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Old 10-02-2001, 07:19 PM
Caleb Murdock Caleb Murdock is offline
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Talking about Pied Beauty, I'd love to analyze it here -- it is unarguably one of the most successful poems in the language, yet it is full of delicious metrical anomalies.

As for the ending, I can see that Hopkins probably intended "Him" to take the stress, but I prefer to "misread" it.

[This message has been edited by Caleb Murdock (edited October 02, 2001).]
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Old 10-03-2001, 02:44 PM
robert mezey robert mezey is offline
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Well, I guess you could say that a line that substitutes
two anapests for three iambs is a sort of tetrameter,
but Frost makes such lines fit very easily into his
blank verse. The passage I quoted is blank verse, and
there is only one of those four-beat lines. Look at
the last 40 lines or so of "A Servant to Servants"
where there must be a dozen of them.
Yes, Caleb, you're perfectly free to misread Hopkins
or anyone else. You can even turn the book upside
down and misread that way.
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