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No Worst, There Is None Analysis

Author: Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins Type: Poetry Views: 1050

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No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,

More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring.

Comforter, where, where is your comforting?

Mary, mother of us, where is your relief?

My cries heave, herds-long; huddle in a main, a chief{-}

Woe, w{'o}rld-sorrow; on an {'a}ge-old {'a}nvil w{'i}nce and s{'i}ng --

Then lull, then leave off. Fury had shrieked "No ling-

Ering! Let me be fell: force I must be brief."

O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall

Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap

May who ne'er hung there. Nor does long our small

Durance deal with that steep or deep. Here! creep,

Wretch, under a comfort serves in a whirlwind: all

Life death does end and each day dies with sleep.


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Hopkins is trying to describe a state of inner torment in a coherent restrained way. the effort is almost unbearable at times from its impassioned opening to its sad ending on a note of the most minimal consolation: there has to be an end. the comfort that death will eventually end the suffering of life and that each day provides a relief from pain. hopkins feels totally isolated and his cries of mental pain go on unannounced. he feels rather as if a fury is dealing with him. in greek mythology the furies were avenging spirits who brings death severly with their victims. the sestet describes hopkin\'s nightmarish inner landscape. he doesnt feel, people are made to bear such inner agony. the only conoslation available to him in the seeming absence of supernatural help is : \"life death does end and each day dies with sleep\" it is some sort of consolation , a minideath, an oblivion of some sort. world sorrow derived from the german word weltschermz which implies psychological and intense sadness. the mental suffering described is acute, frightening, tormenting. hopkins captures all of this through his pain.

| Posted on 2013-04-07 | by a guest

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That his problems are in the mind is even more clear in the sestet: "mind has mountains; cliffs of fall/Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed". Worst of all he feels no relief coming from Heaven, feels abandoned in his suffering, (like Christ on the cross): "Comforter, where, where is your comforting?". In the absence of this comfort he can only grab some temporary respite wherever he can: "Here! Creep, /Wretch, under a comfort serves in a whirlwind". Sleep or even death might be his only relief: "Life death does end and each day dies with sleep

| Posted on 2009-08-31 | by a guest

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Hi, I really need help in understanding this poem. I am trying to analyse it for University and it seems to be the only sonnet I have had this much trouble with. I understand the harsh, depressive tone and the misery presented, but how is this presented and what is it saying about misery. Can someone please paraphrase for me?

| Posted on 2009-04-20 | by a guest

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