'The child is father to the man.'

Gerard Manley Hopkins

 
'The child is father to the man.'
How can he be? The words are wild.
Suck any sense from that who can:
'The child is father to the man.'
No; what the poet did write ran,
'The man is father to the child.'
'The child is father to the man!'
How can he be? The words are wild!
 

Poems by This Author

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme by Gerard Manley Hopkins
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme
Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day by Gerard Manley Hopkins
I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
It was a hard thing to undo this knot by Gerard Manley Hopkins
It was a hard thing to undo this knot.
Peace by Gerard Manley Hopkins
When will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut
Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Glory be to God for dappled things--
Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Nothing is so beautiful as spring
Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Margaret, are you grieving
The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less
The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins
I caught this morning morning's minion, king-


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