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June 20th, 2009

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10:34 am - Poem for the Day
(I love this poem, and yet it's a challenge for me: to see what he sees, always.)

34. As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

AS kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: 5
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I do is me: for that I came.

Í say móre: the just man justices;
Kéeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces; 10
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—
Chríst—for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
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Date:June 20th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I must confess that I've no idea what he is going on about. :)

One very minor thing. Do you know what the various acute accents are supposed to indicate?
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Date:June 20th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
:) It's about being who you were created to be--I think. ;)

Do you know what the various acute accents are supposed to indicate?

It's for stress in the line. Try reading it aloud, and make sure the stress falls not only in natural places but particularly when a word is accented. (As KINGfishers catch FIRE, DRAGonflies DRAW FLAME....)
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Date:June 20th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

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