Write a short note on Hopkins’ presentation of the bird in The Windhover.
In the poem “The Windhover” the bird stands for the superiority and beauty of God. Hopkins dedicated the poem to Jesus Christ.
The traceable symbolic feature of Hopkin’s poetry is “Birds” which appear throughout Hopkin’s poems. Birds frequently stand for God and Christ in his poems. “The Windhover” which is a dedicated poem to Christ talks about the beautiful flying and controlling power of the bird named falcon. Early in the morning, the speaker watches a falcon flying in the sky and he finds traces of Christ in its flight. As it is well known that the beautiful manifestation of nature is the creative credit of Hopkins, the beautiful flying bird is nothing but the symbol of the beauty of Christ.
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According to Christian Iconography, the visual images and symbols used in the work of art, birds are the reminders that there is life away from the earth, in heaven – and the Holy Ghost is often represented as a dove that is the symbol of peace. So, birds are Hopkin’s delegates to declare the grandeur and beauty of the Omnipotent.