The Wreck of the Deutschland: A Poem of Adoration and Trepidation
Helen Unius Backiavathy1, Corneli Agnes Rosabella2
1Helen Unius Backiavathy, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), India.
2Corneli Agnes Rosabella, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 30 September 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 12 November 2019 | Manuscript Published on 22 November 2019 | PP: 1666-1669 | Volume-8 Issue-6S3 September 2019 | Retrieval Number: F13120986S319/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.F1312.0986S319
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Abstract: The Wreck of the Deutschland is a long, partly narrative work of Gerard Manley Hopkins depicting the intensity of the poet’s pent-up feeling about the shipwreck, the cry, the prayers of the five German nuns who were sent on exile. The Victorian poet portrays two central themes on God revealing Himself as an omnipotent to mankind and that man’s response to God through many alliterative phrases in the poem. The wreck served as an impetus to the poet to give shape to the religious thoughts that had been fermenting in his brain and the first part of the poem is a profound religious meditation upon God and the poet’s personal relationship with God. The second part chronicles the suffering, death and resurrection and is as such, an ethic on martyrdom where the dual nature of God is revealed. He not only offers salvation, but also doles judgement. Thus the poem characterizes the unity which sketches the poet’s concern for the sensuous beauty of nature and his ardent belief in God and is composed for a man to praise, magnify, exalt, adore and serve God with awe, trepidation and reverence.
Keywords: The Wreck of the Deutschland, Gerard Manley Hopkins , Adoration, Trepidation, Dual Nature.
Scope of the Article: Nature Inspired Computing