Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST February 18th 2022

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For this session we read the poem “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “Write about something you would say to your younger self.”

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“Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

                     to a young child

Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.


Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)