Spring And Fall

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Relationship Of the Title to the Poem in "Spring and Fall" By addressing a deep and mature message to a young child, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins artfully combines two themes: one that is personal and one that is universal. Furthermore, the uniqueness with which he conveys his verse is characteristic of the po . Risky accent marks capture the reader's attention and non-traditional rhythm holds it in place. These non-conservative techniques, to name a few, enable Hopkins to create a poem that demands to be read aloud. Yet despite all its apparent complexiti , "Spring and Fall..." possesses certain elements-- namely especial structure, rhythm, and title that, combined develop into a real and comprehensive poem.

Perhaps the most innovative aspect of this particular poem is Hopkin's use of accent marks. Each one is stategically placed to add emphasis on certain key aspects of the work. For example, had the marks been absent from the first line, the entire mea ng would have suffered.

With the extra stress placed on the words "Margaret" and "grieving," the poem adopts a paternal tone. The speaker is gently surprised by the discovery that this little child is weeping "over Goldengrove unleaving" (2) while ano er, more unpleasant concern abounds in life-- the reality of human death. In an attempt to accentuate this imporant connection, the poet also stresses the word "will" in line 9. This indicates that while Margaret may, at present, weep for dying leaves she will one day come to realize the brevity of her own life and also grieve as a result. Another structural component that accentuates this same idea is the innovative rhythm. There is no doubt that this poem should be read with one's ears as opposed o the eyes. While the poem has a traditional couplet rhyme scheme...