Autobiographical note in the poem Windhover by Hopkins

                   Windhover can be considered as the representative poem of the most significant phase of Hopkins' development. The poem is a sonnet in which a kesterel is seen in flight on the downs and it becomes a symbol of natural beauty, which by a sudden and dramatic transition is compared with the spiritual beauty of Christ's sacrifice. At the same time, the bird's flight seem to represent the poet's artistic sensibility contrasted with and yet also linked to the austere self-sacrifice of the priestly life which he had chosen.