Pied Beauty- Home Assignment 1:24th August,2011

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Answer the following questions in the comment section:

1. What is your interpretation of line 5:’Landscape plotted and pieced-fold,fallow, and plough;’?

2. How do you interpret the caesura in line 7?Do you really feel it exists there?

3.Could ‘Fickle ‘ and ‘Freckle’ have more connotations than just being the spotted creatures?

4.This is a poem of contrasts present in the universe. Can you detect some of the contrasts that have been positioned together in the poem?

5. What is the significance of these contrasts? What purpose do they serve?

6. ‘He fathers-forth’ is an allusion to Christian belief of God.What connotations this will have in connection to the last line,’ Praise him.’?


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18 Responses to Pied Beauty- Home Assignment 1:24th August,2011

  1. KASHAF says:

    Answer 1. The land given by God to mankind has been plotted and pieced to serve it’s own different purpose. After this it’s up to the man to process it
    -fold fallow and plough- and make it sustainable for his family and his future generations.

    Answer 2. The poet is in awe, under God’s doings. Everything in this universe is full of diversity. Everything is vast, original, incompatible, unique and at times bizarre. Which shows that only an extra-ordinary being can accomplish this, it’s not upto an ordinary being -man- to perform this miracle. Yes, i feel the caesura in line 7 as the description of the world has come to an abrupt stop and the poem has changed it’s tone. The poet is back to praising the Creator.

    Answer 3. I don’t understand it. Have mailed you.

    Answer 4.
    1. Sift and slow
    2. Sweet and sour
    3. Adazzle and dim

    Answer 5. God has made an opposite of everything. There is an alternative for things a person can not afford or cope with. Nothing in the world is only slow. There are swift galloping horses and there are tortoise. Nothing is sweet only, there are many different tastes for different times. God understands the nature of what He creates. He knows His creatures are prone to differences. He knows change is important. Thus, He has created things which contrast each other. So that His creatures could make use of them and live with a diverse life, no matter how little the diversity or life is.

    Answer 6. In line 10, the poet refers God as a father of what He creates. Who takes care of His creation beautifully. Thus in the last line, the poet wants the reader to praise Him for every single blessing.

  2. Waqas says:

    Answer 1.
    In my opinion, line 5 “Landscape plotted and pieced-fold, fallow. And plough;”talks about the ways in which mankind is using God’s creation to the best of it’s ability.
    Answer 2.
    In my opinion, the caesura emphasizes on the diversity of God’s creations. It talks about the originality of God, the different things that he has created. God is unique (according to the poet) and is unrivalled. Yes, I think that the caesura really exists there.

    Answer 3.
    I think that ‘fickle’ and ‘freckled’ can have no connotation other than being spotted creatures.

    Answer 4.
    Swift & Slow
    Adazzle & Dim
    Sweet & Sour

    Answer 5.
    These contrasts compliment God’s originality and the diversity of his creations. They all serve one another in different ways.

    Answer 6.
    The poet sees God as a father of his creations so, being one of his creations, he wants everyone to praise him.

  3. asna sulaiman says:

    answer1: line 5 is an action oriented line in which the poet artistically sums down the 5 stages through which a piece of land goes through. This line is cyclic in nature defining that god has plotted and pieced the land for men who either cultivates it and benefits from it or either leaves it unplanted.

    answer2: The caesura exists in line 7 as we can clearly identify the change in the train of thought of the poet and analyze that he has gone through an epiphany. Previously the physical beauty of god’s creations has been defined however after that the poet turns to praising his lord.

    answer3: Yes,fickle, freckle can also be interpreted as something deceiving which can leave permenant emotional or physical mark on you for exmple a betrayal from a friend.

    answer4: The poet has enriched this poem with various juxtapositions for example: skies-sea, rose-moles, plotted-pieced, sweet-sour, swift-slow, adazzle-dim.

    answer5: Theses contrasts are used to amire God’s creations and to prove that everything between these odds belong to God which enriches the diversity in our nature and supports the fact that everything present is in pairs.

    answer6: sorry i dont understand the qs.have mailed you regarding it.

  4. Ameema says:

    Answer 1: This line describes about landscape gone under five different conditions. It contains imagery related to farming first the land is being divided: ‘plotted,’ then all the pieces are joined together, as they are being unified whole. The land is then used for farming even the uncultivated land is being used and ploughed.

    Answer 2: ‘Pied beauty’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins has its first caesura after line 6. In line 7, the tone of the poem changes and now Hopkins talks about the immorality of this world and everything therein. Everything goes back, no matter what value it posses or how useable it is. The caesura exists here as in the lines 1-6, poet uses more action oriented words and expresses vivid images while in the following four lines he praises God.

    Answer 3: Fickle can be everything, even life and friends. Everything is deceivable, and prone to change, as life is in constant motion. Freckle can be lies, and harsh truths which tarnish one’s life.

    Answer 4: Hopkins writes in the contrast of the era and presents vivid images in his poetry. This lies in the union of the sky which shows a variety of colors and the streaked cows which display contrasting hues. Further on, he uses the phrase ‘rose-moles’ to make a mole appear fancy as much as a rose. These ‘rose-moles’ stand out against the color of the trout and appear as fancy spots. Hence juxtaposition of the poem’s phrases emphasizes on the contrasts and duality pervasive in the poem.

    Answer 5: The significance of these contrasts in the poem is to describe the variety within the beauty of nature. These evident contrasts are a symbol of god’s power and creativity. Hence, the mankind should glorify God as the Master of beauty.

    Answer 6: I did not understand this question.

  5. Faiza Urooj says:

    Ans 1: Line 5 describes to us a landscape which has undergone five different conditions. At first the land is divided and then it is arranged together like a puzzle to cater to the farmers needs. The words fold, fallow and plough tell us about the different activities that take placeto keep the land fertile and cultivable.

    Ans 2: The caesura in line 7 is really evident because the poet’s choice of words has changed. The first six lines of the poem are more action oriented in nature and the poet is in trance by the beauty of God’s creation. The following four lines however have more depth in meaning and urge the readers to praise God.

    Ans 3: Fickle and freckle have much more deeper meanings than surface beauty. Fickle is something that is not sustainable so fickle can be anything or everything. freckle however is something that hinders beauty or goodness so freckles may be a source of declineof somethin. In other words freckles can make things fickle or anything fickle can be freckled.

    Ans 4: One of the very evident contrasts in the poem is the discussionofthe two extremes, the height of the skys and the depth of the waters and the creatures within them. Hopkins talks about how God has blended two very different things to create one beautiful image or creature. The contrasts also include the words sift and slow, adazzle and dim and sweet and sour.

    Ans 5: These contrasts signify the versitality of nature and the beauty and variety in God’s creation.they persuade the reader to take time, ponder and admire God’s creation and be grateful to him for all his blessings.These contrasts also highlight God’s ultimate power and his understanding, which is why he has created a perfect match for everything.

    Ans 6: God is the creator of all that is on this earth and beyond, thus he is the father of all. Being the father he expertly fulfills his duty by taking care of his creation and so all his creations have a duty towards him to praise Him and thank him for his blessings.

  6. asna sulaiman says:

    answer1: Line 5 is an action oriented line in which the poet artistically sums down the 5 stages through which a land goes through. This line is cyclic in nature defining that God has plotted and pieced the land for man who either cultivates it and benefits from it or neither leaves it uncultivated.

    answer2: The caesura exists in line 7 as we see a change of train of thought and analyze that the poet has gone through an epiphany. Previously the physical and visual beauty of the nature is defined however later on God’s glory and His right to be acknowledged is being encouraged by the poet.

    answer3:Yes, fickle and freckled can also be interpreted as something or someone who has deceived you leaving a deep emotional or physical mark on you, for example: betrayal from a friend.

    answer4:The poet has enriched this poem with various juxtapositions:
    1. skies-sea
    2. rose-moles
    3. sweet-sour
    4. plotted-pieced
    5. adazzle-dim
    6. swift-slow.

    answer5: These contrasts are used to admire God’s creation and to prove that everything present between these odds belongs to God who has created immense diversity in nature and has created everything in pairs.

    answer6: Sorry cannot understand it, have mailed you regarding it.

  7. sinm96 says:

    By: Intesab Nasir X-S,

    A1. After reading line no. 5 I have interpreted that the land is a gift from God. It is bestowed to the humans to gain benefit from. Through the tools possessed by Man he can bend the form of land according to its desire or in such a form from which maximum benefit gain be acquired by his generation and the following after him.

    A2. At this stage the poet is suddenly dumbstruck and is praising His creator. He believes that no man can create such a diverse world filled with different creatures, each possessing a different attribute and is special in its own rightful place. Yes a caesura is felt in line 7 as from already glorifying the creations he now is also praising the diversity.

    A4. Swift / Slow
    Adazzle / Dim
    Sweet / Sour

    A5. They serve the poets reason for praising His God. It reflects his theme of diversity and uniqueness in all God’s creations. It shows how one thing is different from the others may it be living or non-living everything is perfect in it own category.

    A6. The poet wants the readers to know the love his God has for His Creations. He says that if God has created something He will not let it fall in ruin neither will He let it go to waste. He will take care of it and provide it sustenance so the poet is saying to Praise that God.

  8. A Landscape is all the visible features of an area of land. The poet shows us the image of land which has undergone five different stages . God has plotted and pieced the land , its up to men whether to make it sustainable and cultivate it and gain benefits from it or leave it uncultivated .

    answer2 .The poem focuses on the beauty of nature and the Divine Power and Authority of God . It emphasis upon the creations of God . It is God who provides mankind with the ability and knowledge to work things out , no ordinary being has the ought to perform these types of miracles , only God has the Power to do these things .The poem ‘Pied Beauty’ has its first Caesura in after line 6 , the description about the human being has come to an abrupt stop and now the poet again emphasizes to praise God .

    answer3 . ‘Fickle and Freckle’ could have more connotations other than just being the spotted things . Fickle also interprets to something that deceives you and will not stay forever i.e. mortal, for example : betrayal from a devoted friend .Freckle may refers to something that danishes your beauty . Both Fickle and Freckle interprets to something that leaves you in deeps emotions, or physical marks on you .

    answer4 . Swift / Slow
    Sweet / Sour
    Adazzle / Dim

    answer5. God has not made everyone equal , there are some contrasts in them . There are swift and steady leopards and there are slow moving snails , All these contrasts show us the variety in Gods creations . Some are sweet but there are many more different tastes . God knows what is better and suitable for his creatures and knows everything about them . The difference in between men shows us that God wants us to be comprehensive and learn from each other the different skills .No matter what the differences God knows the importance of his creations . These contrasts also enlightenment the Power of God and His Understanding .

    answer6 . The poet wants us to know the love God has for his creations . Being the Father , he perfectly fulfills his duty and the demands of his creatures and love his creatures . So its the duty of his creatures to love their Master, thank Him and Praise him .

  9. Azhar Ahmed Siddiqui says:

    Ans.1 From line 5 I have interpreted that God has given the land to Humans so that they may use it. And the Humans have used it for for producing food and used it wisely as he does not use all the land but keeps some un-planted so that he can use it later. “fold, fallow, and pieced” can mean the ways in which man is utilizing the land bestowed to him from God.

    Ans.2 Yes I do believe that the caesura exists in line 7 because Hopkins switches from describing nature and starts describing the features added to this world by man and which was not made by nature but he believes that that too was planned by God ,and after the caesura praises God and the beauty he has put into this world.

    Ans.3 Yes I do believe that ‘fickle’ and ‘freckled’ are connotations as everything in this world is ever-changing and anything can be tarnished as skin is tarnished by freckles friendships are tarnished by lies.

    Ans.4 The contrasts are:
    Swift – Slow
    Adazzle – Dim
    Sweet – sour
    Original – Spare

    Ans.5 These contrasts serve the purpose of emphasizing the poets point that God has created this universe very diverse and that God has created extremes in everything. These contrasts significance is that they form the basis of the themes of the poem.

    Ans.6 It may have the connotation that He creates everything in this world and gives everything life and that He alone possess all beauty and has distributed some of it to everything in this world that may be the reason the poet uses ‘fathers-forth'(:gives life to) for God.

    Sorry for the late submission I had some internet problems.

  10. Tooba Masroor says:

    In this line the poet is describing the act of division and distribution of land which is described using the words “plotted and pieced” these words suggest that these actions and plans are suited only to a supreme authority and that is of God. This line could suggest the creation of world and then its division into different regions such as the arctic, grasslands, and deserts, areas inhabitable and habitable. It could refer to God dividing the land into these regions. Then there is a break in the flow of line and then after the break the is describing the acts and actions of man that he does to make the land given to him by God to make that land cultivable and make use of it.

    i think the caesura exits there because in the sestet that is the first six lines of the sonnet the poet is describing the creations of God. He is describing the things that he has referred as “Dappled” in line 1. The poet in the first line mentions dappled things– and further on in the sestet he focuses on explaining and mentioning the things he refers to as dappled. Then there is the caesura, a break in the poem a turning point after which the poet describes the attributes which are suited only to God’s supremacy, and then finally invites the reader to join him in praising and glorifying God.

    Fickle and freckles could connote something more than just being some mere spots. They could suggest tarnishing something. It could also have been used as a metaphor. Fickle and freckles could refer to the tarnishing of someones beauty, someone’s personality or even ties between two people and also relationships. It could refer to lies, illusions, tricks, betrayals and something that is temporary and has to end.

    The various contrasts and juxtapositions mentioned in the poem are:-

    Swift / Slow
    Sweet / Sour
    Adazzle / Dim

    The use of these contrasts signifies the diversity of nature. There are different types of people in this world and not everyone is the same, everyone has different nature and they cope up to different things. Some attributes justify to some people and the rest to others. There are things in the universe that are very and some that are very slow. There is also a variety of tastes and aromas in this world. There are different things that suit to different people. Everyone is not the same yet change is necessary in life. Diversity is present everywhere in nature.

    God has created everything he is the one who perfects in each and every attribute. He is the creator of every single thing present in this universe and hence he fathers it. So the poet is inviting the readers to join him in praising and glorifying God.

    —sorry for the late response i didn’t have an internet connection until yesterday .

  11. my posts aren’t appearing here i posted my answers twice but they aren’t visible

  12. Taleaa says:

    Ans1. In Line 5 Gerard M Hopkins explores God’s divine scheme of “plotting and piecing” the land, and how He has left it’s use solely to our discretion. The words “Fold, fallow, and plough” show us the dependency of land on human-labour to be of some benefit. Ending the phrase with “plough” which slows the tone of the poem can be connoted as an intended pause, so that we deliberate on how cultivating a piece of land is a wholesome process.

    Ans2. The caesura does exist in line 7, which gestures an end to his first train of thoughts. Where the first 6 lines can be connoted as Hopkins’ reverence to God’s originality in designing nature and those “dappled things” which supplement it’s beauty, the following five lines talk about the variations in human nature and how no matter the futility of an object it all eventually links back to one supreme being, who deserves all praise and whose “beauty is past change”; God.

    Ans3. Fickle and freckle could also signify spiritual tarnishes, as well as the inconsistent nature of things. While at the same time they can also be connoted as the poet’s reminder that no matter how furtive, deceitful or mortal a thing is, it all eventually links back to God.


    Ans5. These contrasts can be connoted as the poet’s attempt to portray God’s novelty in constructing nature. Skies and cow can be said to be a contrasting link between land and the 7 skies preceding heaven. Rose-moles is a juxtaposition intended to make moles sound aesthetically beautiful. Fresh-firecoal, maybe intended for us to sense the fresh aroma of firecoal. While the paired opposites in line 9, can be a showcase of variety existent in nature.

    Ans6. In Christianity it is believed that God is the father of all creation, hence he “fathers-forth” nature, and in this nature do we find the diversified facets of beauty, and for that sole reason should we “Praise Him”.

  13. Hamza Anwar says:

    1) This line demonstrates humanities eternal freedom of choice, God in his capacity has given man many resources to utilize and use however it is mans choice how or even if to use it.  
    2) The caesura without a doubt exists, it acts as a divisor, before the caesura the poet analyses and describes gods creations and after it’s occurrence praises them and his perfection.
    3) Yes they could fickle could mean ever-changing and freckle could mean an everlasting blemish emotional hole.
    4) skies-sea,sweet-sour,pieced-plotted,slow-swift,dim-adazzle
    5) These contrast serve to show the evenness of gods creations, every has a – they serve to show his immense sense of balance.
    6)Christian belief holds god to be the father of Christ and as his followers Christians must try to thank him for his endless bounties by praying. 

  14. Ertiza Naqvi says:

    1. Line 5 “Landscape plotted and pieced- fold, fallow and plough;” is an action oriented line that is cyclic in nature, in which the poet paints a vivid image of the five stages land goes through to serve it’s purpose, that is to produce crop for the survival of mankind. The poet delineates that land has been bestowed upon man as a gift by God Almighty; by the words “plotted and pieced” the poet further justifies his aforementioned opinion- he says God made land for man and then divided and distributed it, so that no man was deprived of this blessing. He also stresses that this magnitude of authority and power lies only in divine hands. The words “Fold, fallow and plough” are depicted as symbols of survival by the poet as land has to go through these processes in order to become cultivable and produce crops. He also induces that it is up to man to use this gift fruitfully or abandon it and not profiting from it at all.

    2. The poem “Pied Beauty” is a curtal sonnet, which comprises of a sestet and a quatrain, plus an additional tail piece, referred to as a half line by Gerard Manley Hopkins himself. In the sestet, the poet shed’s light on God’s marvelous creations and highlight’s the beauty that they were bestowed with by God. However, a change in the poet’s train of thought is distinguishable in line 7, as instead of describing God’s creations, he starts praising Him and emphasizes on the fact that God is the Supreme Being who has the absolute power and authority over everything, and then by highlighting His divine attributes, he tries to bring a change in the reader’s train of thought as well. Therefore, yes, I agree that there is a caesura that exists in the 7th line.

    3. In literature, anything and everything has multiple meanings. Same applies to the words “fickle” and “freckle” in the poem “Pied Beauty”. The word fickle may mean something that is deceiving and changeable, and this is applicable to everything, because everything is prone to change, nothing can escape the bending sickle of the compass of time as change is inevitable with time. Freckle would apply to anything that tarnishes beauty, or stains the personality or character of someone. Fickle and freckle can also be assimilated as an event, or deception by someone that has left a mark on you, be it physical, mental or emotional.

    4. The literary term Juxtaposition is applied when two opposite images are placed together. In this poem, this literary device is used consistently. For example:
    -Rose/ mole.
    -Counter/ original.
    -Spare/ strange.
    -Swift/ slow.
    -Sweet/ sour.
    -Addazle/ dim.

    11. The poet has used these juxtapositions and showed extremes in his poem to shed light on God’s glory, and justify his point that God can do anything. He is the Supreme Being who has absolute authority and power over everything. He also shows the variety present in this world through these contrasts.

    12. The poet recognizes God as the creator of everything in the poem “Pied Beauty”; therefore to highlight this fact, he refers to him with the allusion ‘He father-forth’ to show that he is the creator and sustainer of mankind. In the end, he invites the reader to join him into praising and glorifying God Almighty on this basis.

  15. aleena s. says:

    Answer 1: In this line, the poet is talking about the landscape that has gone through five different stages. He talks about how the farmers have to divide the land and also piece it together for agriculture. The land also has to be folded and prepared for cultivation and this is all a divine plan of God, who has given mankind this land and they have to make use of it.

    Answer 2: I think that the caesura in line 7 does exist. In the first half of the poem, the poet is talking about the specific things that God has created and he is mainly focused on the physical or visual aspect of God’s glory whereas in the second part, he is expanding the list of qualities for which to praise God and is no longer listing anything in specific.

    Answer 3: Yes, fickle and freckle could have more connotations. It could also represent the people whose hearts have been scarred or whose beauty has been tarnished either by old age or from an accident.

    Answer 4: Swift/Slow, Sweet/Sour, Adazzle/Dim, and Rose/Mole.

    Answer 5: By using these contrasts, the poet is putting emphasis on unity in variety. He implies that although the creations of God are in such diversity and are always changing, they are only a result of his creativity and God himself never changes.

    Answer 6: In this closing line, the poet is telling us to praise God for he has created all of these things, including us and therefore as his creations, we should praise him.

  16. Mufaddal Borhany says:

    Ans 1: The landscape is plotted and pieced. It shows that it is all a part of a divine plan.It is divided and designed according to God’s will because he knows that once the process is complete , it will definitely benefit mankind.Fold – fallow and plough completes the whole cycle.Furthermore it is upon us if we utilize the resources given to us by God properly.

    Ans 2: The caesura is in line 7 , most definitely.The lines before the caesura tell us about Gods absolute power.His ability to create and sustain things. Poet analyses God’s creation.Caesura is present in line 7 as the poet is now praising God’s versatility and his perfection.

    Ans 3: Fickle and freckle could have more connotations.Freckled is something which tarnishes beauty, be it internal or external.it is referred to as something ugly.Age,scars,lies are all part of freckled. Fickle connotes to something which is not conceivable.You yourself fickle. Fickle is non constant and ever changing.

    Ans 4: skies-sea,sweet-sour,pieced-plotted,slow-swift,dim-adazzle.

    Ans 5: These contrasts shows that there is a balance of everything in the universe. the contrasts rose-moles,skies-seas tell us that there is an evenness in each of the God’s creation. Where there is beauty ; there is ugliness. there is alot of variety present in nature.

    Ans 6: In Christianity there is a cycle known as Trinity. In Christianity it is believed that God not only creates his creation but also looks after their needs. He provides food for their sustenance.That is why the poet asks the readers to simply praise God.

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