Friday, August 5, 2022

WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE...

“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
Oh let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”

~Gerard Manley Hopkins~

English Poet  (1844-1889)




Gerard Manley Hopkins (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame placed him among leading Victorian poets.  After his death a few of Hopkins's mature poems in anthologies were published.  By 1930 Hopkins's work was seen as one of the most original literary advances of his century. It intrigued such leading 20th-century poets as T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis.

The above photos were taken at Corkscrew Swamp, Florida, January 2014.  You can learn more at this link.



34 comments:

  1. I have not heard of this swamp. Do you know why the name? I had a book by Hopkins!

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    1. Just found this Ginny and thank you for asking that question :)

      How did Corkscrew Swamp get its name?
      Corkscrew, which gets its name from a twisty river that once flowed into the Gulf of Mexico, is a major tourist attraction and the gateway to the western Everglades City. In the swamp, as I walk through the trees, I listen for pileated woodpeckers, Carolina wrens and barred owls.

      Info came from this website:
      https://www.visitflorida.com/travel-ideas/articles/outdoors-nature-everglades-corkscrew-swamp-sanctuary/

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  2. A beautiful and inspiring poem! Long live the nature!

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  3. How right he was. And close to 150 years later how right he still is.

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  4. I'm not familiar with the poet but I like that poem. Very nice photos. I like seeing the ripples raindrops make.

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    1. Thank you Ann, it started raining while we were there, and those patterns fascinated me :)

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  5. Love the poem. And the swamp images, I can almost hear the sounds of silence.

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    1. Thanks Anni, it was indeed very silent. We were the only ones around.

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  6. Corkscrew is a great place to visit, love the poem. Take care, enjoy your day!!

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    1. Thnak you Eileen, it certainly is. You take care and enjoy your day also :)

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  7. Agree with Gerald. The weeds and the wilderness is very much required.

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  8. Lovely piece! I enjoy living in my wetland!
    (ツ) from Jenn Jilks , ON, Canada!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Jenn, thank you :) There is so much beauty and life in the wetland.

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  9. Interesting about Hopkins life.

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  10. those droplets are beautiful and this part of that quote is my battle cry.
    Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.” LOVE the poem and agree 100 percent

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    1. I love the sentiments and it's a good battle cry Sandra :) Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Christine, hope your weekend was a great one :)

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  12. Great shot with the ripples and raindrops.

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  13. A lovely poem and beautifully illustrated.

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  14. Denise, I have a blog friend who lives in Florida, and she often takes pictures of the swamps there. They look interesting and mysterious to me - I always wonder what creatures are hiding underneath the swamp.

    Have a splendid week.

    ~Sheri

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    1. I would love to see your blog friend's photos Sheri. The swamps hold their own beauty :) Thank you and you have a fabulous week also.

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  15. I thought that looked familiar !!! Thanks for the Florida memories and for the beautiful lpoem.

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    1. You are very welcome Sallie, I have enjoyed my own memories looking back at my Florida photos :)

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