Depictions of the Literary Sublime Essay
Hopkins expresses the sublime of the beauty and forms of nature in “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” by envisioning kingfishers. His comparison of the kingfishers as pebbles tumbling down a well, “As tumbled over rim in roundy wells,” (Hopkins 2) notes the sublime of its beauty. This line restructures beautifully the impact of stones tossing down a well. The poem’s illustration of Hopkins’s idea of inscape depicts the kind of beauty that the poem can achieve about the sublime. Hopkins interprets the beauty of nature by implying that the kingfishers imitate everything that nature does, “Each mortal thing does one thing and the same” (Hopkins 5). Wordsworth, Shelley, and Hopkins focus on the power of nature to symbolize the sublime. While wandering through the natural environment, Wordsworth discovers the influence that nature has on his imagination in “I wandered lonely as a cloud”. Nature serves as a power that helps Wordsworth to find happiness even when he feels that he is alone, which is noted by the ending of the poem, “And then my heart with pleasure fills /And dances with the daffodils” (Wordsworth 23-24).