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Manley Hopkins, Gerald - The Caged Skylark

Identifier

001208

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Gerard Manley Hopkins – The Caged Skylark

 As a dare-gale skylark scanted in a dull cage,
Man's mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells -
That bird beyond the remembering his free fells;
This in drudgery, day-labouring-out life's age
 
Though aloft on turf or perch or poor low stage
Both sing sometimes the sweetest, sweetest spells,
Yet both droop deadly sometimes in their cells
Or wring their barriers in bursts of fear or rage
 
Not that the sweet-foul, song-fowl, needs no rest -
Why, hear him, hear him babble and drop down to his nest
But his own nest, wild nest, no prison.

Man's spirit will be flesh-bound, when found at best,
But, unencumbered; meadow-down is not distressed
For a rainbow footing it nor he for his bones risen

The source of the experience

Manley Hopkins, Gerald

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Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Angst
Grief
Loneliness and isolation

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