Let me make this clear: I still have a fairly hard time understanding Hopkins’s poems. I do however have a somewhat easier time understanding his actions, particularly his actions after deciding to continue his poetry. Him coming to terms with using his poetry to glorify God really struck me somehow. Looking through my Bible, I found a particular verse that I feel would really strike as important to Hopkins:
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Whether or not you not you believe in a God, this verse still brings about the same sort of idea. Everyone has some sort of special skill or talent that they have learned to develop, and that gift should be as part of your future. In Hopkins’s case, it’s to use his poetic skills to share God’s glory.
As for my connection, it’s with my own writing skills as I enjoy writing fictional stories with plans to at some point write and publish some fictional novels. I’m at that point where I’m trying to use my writing skills to create these novels that teach important lessons that I’ve learned throughout my life.
Of course, it’s not only restricted with writing as it states in the verse. It states the talent can be in various forms, so that opens the door for many possibilities and personal interpretations of one’s talents that can be used with would vary from person to person. Whether it be in sports, mathematics, science, art, music, speaking, wherever you talent may lie, you have the capabilities to use your passions and talents to achieve great things.