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Earth Day's Anthem

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Essay title: Earth Day's Anthem


God’s Grandeur is poem written about the God created earth and its beauty. The poem starts out light but transitions into darkness when Hopkins begins discussing the destruction of earth and its nature. Earth “will flame out, like shining from shook foil”, earth will flame out, or burst light the reflection from foil that is held under a light source. Because of the destruction and harm is going to the earth this burst or magnificent conclusion will occur. This destruction being done by man, who crushes the earth’s birth “Why do men then now not reck his rod? / Generations have trod, have trod, have trod”. This earth is being destroyed because simply no one is paying attention to it, people are just walking on top of earth, putting pressure on earth. The use of repetition in that line was also quite interesting because it further illustrates the troding, the relentless pressure and carelessness that is harming the earth.

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