`` Peace `` By Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Patience Precipitates Peace The trials and tribulations the world brings can bring individuals into a state of disarray. The oft asked question is simply, “Why?”. Why must these tragedies happen and why must society have to suffer. No one is immune from this question. Even David wrote in the 13th chapter of Psalms, How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?” (New King James Version, Ps. 13.1). Observing “Peace”, it is evident that Gerard Manley Hopkins is having a short period of questioning. Yet, in “Peace”, Hopkins brings the reader through his theologically ramified dialogue with Peace, which at first characterized by confusion of its work, eventually becomes characterized with comfort and assurance as he recognizes that he has developed Patience in his wait and Peace still cares for and transforms the believer. Hopkins’ dialogue is not with a man but with the abstract concept of Peace, thus personifying it. Hopkins writes in the first line, “When will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut,…” (1). This apostrophe creates two effects. The first effect is that Hopkins has now set up the reader for an interesting discourse for the rest of the poem. The second effect the apostrophe creates is that it allows Hopkins to vent to Peace as if it was an actual human. In addition to personifying Peace, Hopkins interweaves two metaphors in the first two lines. The poem reads, “When will you ever, Peace, wild

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