Themes in The Windhover

There are two interwoven themes, therefore, in the sonnet:

Both are discussed more fully in the Themes and significant ideas section.

  • There is also an implied theme, Serving God, emerging at the end of the sonnet.

The interpretation of the poem revolves round how these three themes fit together, or whether they are put in opposition to each other.

Investigating The Windhover
  • John Keats stated: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. (On a Grecian Urn)
    • Do you think Hopkins would agree with this?
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