The Windhover


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"Windhover" is another name for the common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). The name refers to the bird's ability to hover in midair while hunting prey. In the poem, the narrator admires the bird as it hovers in the air, suggesting that it controls the wind as a man may control a horse. The bird then suddenly swoops downwards and "rebuffed the big wind". The bird can be viewed as a metaphor for Christ or of divine epiphany.

Hopkins called "The Windhover" "the best thing [he] ever wrote". It commonly appears in anthologies and has lent itself to many interpretations. - Summary by Wikipedia (0 hr 17 min)

Chapters

The Windhover - Read by AF 1:43 Read by annie70
The Windhover - Read by BK 1:48 Read by Bruce Kachuk
The Windhover - Read by DL 1:27 Read by David Lawrence
The Windhover - Read by ED 1:46 Read by Eva Davis
The Windhover - Read by FS 1:31 Read by fshort
The Windhover - Read by GG 1:34 Read by Greg Giordano
The Windhover - Read by KB 1:29 Read by KyoBlanchett
The Windhover - Read by LAH 1:38 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
The Windhover - Read by SWS 1:29 Read by Scotty Smith
The Windhover - Read by TA 1:25 Read by Tony Addison
The Windhover - Read by TP 1:38 Read by Tomas Peter