Gerard Manley Hopkins

Stratford, Essex
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Stratford, Essex

Peace

Rating: 3.2
When will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut,
Your round me roaming end, and under be my boughs?
When, when, Peace, will you, Peace? I’ll not play hypocrite
To own my heart: I yield you do come sometimes; but
That piecemeal peace is poor peace. What pure peace allows
Alarms of wars, the daunting wars, the death of it?

O surely, reaving Peace, my Lord should leave in lieu
Some good! And so he does leave Patience exquisite,
That plumes to Peace thereafter. And when Peace here does house
He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo,
He comes to brood and sit.
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COMMENTS
Suryendu Chaudhury 28 September 2020
The symbolic image of peace as is being idealised in the figure of the dove.
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Isobel jones 05 February 2019
Poor poem, would only rate 310
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Ramesh T A 28 July 2016
Emphatic expression of the poet stands separately in a style of his own quite unique!
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Anil Kumar Panda 28 July 2016
Peace only prevails after total elimination of hate and seeking of power and pelf. These are causes of war and don't let nations and people live in peace. Thanks for sharing.
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Michael Morgan 28 July 2016
Particularly like the Old english 'reave'. Meter-maintenance through grammatically incorrect word placement (making every Hopkins poem a kind of puzzle) is very effective here. MM
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Rajnish Manga 28 July 2016
Perfect state of peace comes with a perfect elimination of war and all evil forces. I quote: That piecemeal peace is poor peace. What pure peace allows Alarms of wars, the daunting wars, the death of it?
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Edward Kofi Louis 28 July 2016
Seeking for peace! Thanks for sharing.
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