Hopkins and Whitman Compare and Contrast

Explanation Rosen p. 266


Hopkins-
  • Nature
    • Jesus is a reference point for nature.
    • Nature is a lesser imitation of the perfection of Jesus.
    • Nature is the manifestation of Christ, God.
  • Consciousness
    • Consciously viewing nature as an aspect of Christ/Spirituality.
  • Spirituality
    • Absolute meaning.
    • Christian God as truth.
    • Death leads to an outside destination: Heaven/Hell.
Whitman-
  • Nature
    • Everything is perfect.
  • Consciousness
    • Consciously viewing spirituality as an aspect of Nature.
  • Spirituality
    • Nature is the spirituality.
    • Everything has a soul, spirit.
    • Death is another phase of life, no outside destination.
Connection:
  • Both view the Windhover as more than just a falcon.
  • Both view Jesus as perfect.
  • Both change something ordinary into something spiritual.
  • Both believe in a soul.
  • Both view nature as important aspects, though for different reasons.

Talk to the audience:
  • Explain soul or other verbiage, both contexts.
  • Context of author and time frame of poets may help.
  • Quick summaries of poems.
Thesis:
  • Identify the points of possible connection between divergent views of nature, consciousness and spirituality held by Hopkins and Whitman.
    • Turn into a question.
    • What connection can be found between the seemingly divergent views of poets Hopkins and Whitman on nature, consciousness, and spirituality?
  • Maybe write thesis in regards to soul?


Comparison and contrast, Rosen p. 57

I believe Hopkins heart was in hiding because he did not wish to be drawn away from Christ to this beauty in nature. But in seeing this example, he draws it back to the Crucifiction of Christ, allowing him to see religion in all aspects of life