Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earth Day: Gerard Manley Hopkins' Pied Beauty


GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
                      Gerard Manley Hopkins

For some breathtaking photographs of Mother Nature at work, take a look at Ragnar Th. Siggurdson's recent photos of the volcano in Iceland.

I also recommend going to TedTalks.com to look for thought-provoking talks about this amazing planet of ours. Here are a few:
Nature's Designs - Janine Benyus
Underwater Astonishments - David Gallo
Changes in the Sea - Sylvia Earle


  1. Thanks, Andrew. How nice to find you visiting The Drift Record - can't wait to see how you shape the list at Carolrhoda! (and maybe I could get you for an interview someday about book design over at Jacket Knack ?)

  2. Oh, joy.
    This is just one of my favorite poems. I've tried to memorize it, but it's a tongue-twister and I haven't quite got it yet - but it goes so beautifully with the pictures! Happy Earth Day!

  3. Thanks, Tanita - same to you!
    P.S. This is one of the few poems I've managed to memorize and keep in my head forever. I want it with me if I'm ever stranded on a desert island!

  4. The image showing the trout is amazing. I also love the landscape image. Thank you for sharing and keep it up!

  5. Perfect choice for today, Julie, with pictures to prove it. Thanks!

  6. Lovely, lovely. The day I discovered Gerard Manley Hopkins was the day I began to understand poetry.

  7. A PERFECT collection of photos for this loveliest of poems! Even if I hadn't seen your post title, I would have known the poem from the images.