Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Pied Beauty”
I love this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
“Pied Beauty” is multi-colored, or variegated beauty. In essence, this is a poem about the beauty of imperfection. Glory be to God for dappled things, or in other words, spotted things. And the poem goes on to list examples. “Skies of couple-colour” sounds complicated, but it just means skies of mixed colors, as when white clouds are set against a blue background; hence, they are like a “brinded cow” (my auto-correct keeps trying to make it “branded”), or a cow with streaks or spots.