A comparison Between Shelly's "Frankenstein" and Hopkins' Poetry

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Jeremy Griffith: author of Free: The End of The Human Condition (1988), Beyond The Human Condition (1991), and, in 2003, the Australasian bestseller A Species In Denial...

Philosopher, Albert Camus, said once. He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.

Humans to this day have struggled to find answers to two questions, who is our creator and what role does he or she play, and if there is a creator why does evil exist, withing the world and why are men not divine. I'd like to start of by quoting my most recent book:

"Philosophers assume a God exists, and that he or she created the human race. But then the greatest of all paradoxes must be the riddle of the human nature. Humans are capable of immense love and sensitivity, but we have also been capable of greed, hatred, brutality, rape, murder and war.

This raises the question, "did God create human beings as essentially good and if so, what is the cause of this evil, destructive and cruel side."

One of the universal questions people have asked is about creation. Both Shelly and Hopkins delve into this theme, and explore similar, and poignant issues.

Hopkins as a Jesuit priest, living in the UK, and writing introverted poetry, not meant to be read, looks at creation in a very personal manner. If we track through his poetry we can see his feeling towards the creator, his God, and on a deeper level, we can look metaphorically and synthesize what Hopkins thinks about issues surrounding his creator.

If we look chronologically to the beginning of Hopkins poetry we can see infinite wonder at the divine. He states in the octave of Gods grandeur "the world is...