Tone in Pied Beauty

Tone Examples in Pied Beauty:

Pied Beauty 1

"their gear and tackle and trim..."   (Pied Beauty)

Hopkins strikes a tone that is both divine and earthy. The opening phrase, “Glory be to God,” gives the poem a religious register. Yet much of the the subject matter—from cows and trout to landscapes—is common. Hopkins’s praise for “all trades, their gear and tackle and trim” grounds the poem in a rustic reality. The poem’s purpose is to uncover grandeur in the humblest places.