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DAPPLED AND IRREPRESSIBLE

The kaleidoscope of multiculturalism in education

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman

 

INTRODUCTION

Glory be to God for dappled things —

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow:

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All things counter, original, spare, strange:

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

(Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘Pied Beauty’)

Basically, Hopkins’ images evoke the ordinary with the added insight that homely ‘pied’ things combine into a magic filigree. Like the figured rhyme and rhythm that lead the reader to see the wonder in the overly familiar, the idea of multiculturalism prods us ...

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