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The WindHover

By klewis  
I came across this poem last night when I was looking into the original name for the Kestrel.

In my opinion, a beautiful insight into a beautiful bird.

The Windhover
by Gerard Manley Hopkins 1877

I caught this morning morning's minion, king -
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, - the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.

Tags: Kestrel Windhover Wildlife and nature

Voters: cheesey, tomcat, pcjackso and 27 more

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RuthyJ 14 England
12 Nov 2006 11:08AM
Stunning shot, Love the colours.
User_Removed 17 455 13 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2006 11:08AM
One of my favourite poems of Hopkins - to get the best effect you need to practise reading it aloud and get the rise and fall of the rhythm.

And not forgetting to mention that I love this photograph - a more unusual view of the kestrel that has character.
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
12 Nov 2006 11:09AM
Excellent image of a knightly bird. Interesting poem, too.
GeoffP 15 130 Portugal
12 Nov 2006 11:17AM

Pleasing good shot as ever - next you'll be reading us Keates, Shelly or Wordsworth (-:
or one of you're own poems.

shane 16 7 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2006 11:18AM
This is just Stunnnig, the detail and rich colours in the large version especially are outstanding.

klewis 16 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2006 11:25AM
Geoffp: Not a chance !!! lol. Just a one off offering that appealed to me and I would hope that it appeals to most people. Including those that aren't into poetry, like me Smile
12 Nov 2006 11:42AM
Everything in that photo is perfect except one thing... It's not mine Smile Great job!! Fantastic!
viscostatic 14 47 9 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2006 1:49PM
A beautiful natural history photograph. Excellent lighting and colours.

Melanie_M 15 168 9 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2006 2:12PM
A joy of an image. Superb in detail, colour and exposure.
peter_oak 15 1 England
12 Nov 2006 3:15PM
Lovely shot,well done.Peter
NevP 15 853 13 Canada
12 Nov 2006 3:58PM
Very unusual view, just love this.
dbug61 16
12 Nov 2006 6:08PM
This is THE poem I go to over and over for inspiration...and it works with the photo so well because the kestrel seems so temporarily suspended on that branch. Wonderful image and thanks for the poem.
Alison_S 14 339 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2006 6:16PM
Lovely capture of him in a great setting there. Really enjoyed the poem too - thanks for sharing.

pcjackso Junior Member 15 7
12 Nov 2006 6:42PM
Just Superb
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 7:52PM
A fine shot and a fine recitation

carlton 15 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 8:56PM
lovely beautiful shot yours carlton
McKenzie 14 22 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2006 8:56AM
Lovely image!

cyberhounds 14 11
14 Nov 2006 10:59AM
What more can I add? It's a lovely shot, the lighting and detail are amazing.

VinceJones 15 862 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2006 8:07PM
Heres a click to make it 30 Kev, worth more than that IMO!

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