The poem praises God for the beauty in a varied creation.
Hopkins isolates a number of instances of this “pied” or dappled beauty in the
first stanza. He finds it in two-toned skies as well as on cows, on spotted
trout, and on the wings of birds. He also sees variety and unity in the
contrasts between all these life-forms, for he sees echoes of plants on
fish—“rose-moles upon trout,” echoes of the dying embers of fires in the
chestnuts falling from the tree.
The poem praises God for the beauty in a varied creation. In
fact, variety is the spice of life. God demonstrates this. Hopkins selects
various objects like skies having two tones white and blue, cows, trout which
have spots and birds with their wings. The poet sees the glimpse of God in
different landscapes, some of them folded, some fallowed and some ploughed.
The poet brings unity in flora and fauna. He sees echoes of
plants on fish and rose moles upon trout. In the chestnuts falling from the
tree, he sees echoes of the dying embers of fires. In God’s creation, according
to the poet, there is original and counter, common and strange.