Pied Beauty Essay

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Pied Beauty


Pied Beauty

The poem "Pied Beauty" begins by praising God for all the colorful and diverse things in
nature. The speaker is thankful for everything with dots, circles, different colors, etc.
He seems to be fond of nature and "the great outdoors." Many of the images in the poem
made me think of camping out, or a picnic. For example, fresh fire-coal, chestnut falls,
finches, skies of two colors, cows, etc. But the poem does not only speak of natures'
diversity. It also makes reference to manmade things. For example, man's trades, tackle,
and trim are also varied. The landscape plotted and pieced. The poem goes on to thank God
for more things. Everything that is different, everything that is changing, everything
that has dots, etc. At the end of the poem, the speaker says, "He fathers-forth whose
beauty is past change." I had trouble with this line, because I did not know what the
speaker meant by this. But after researching, and asking around, I came to the conclusion
that it means that God, who creates change, is unchanging himself. While the beauty of the
earth lies in its change, and it's diversity… the beauty of God is unchanging and
timeless. So there is a bit of irony at the end.


This poem seems to have no setting. However, it uses a lot of images that made me think of
being outdoors, camping, on a picnic, or looking up at the sky. The poem also has a joyful
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