#vizpoem This poem seems to be describing seeing (I Caught) a bird who, who the author compares to a king (minion, kingdom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon) who was hovering (in his riding) in the air in the morning (Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he run upon the rein of a wimpling wing). The author compares how the bird glides on its own curved blade (As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend). The bird then takes off (hurl) quickly and glides effortlessly even in strong winds (rebuffed the big wind). The author tends to overstate how much he admires the way the bird can hover and then just instantly start flying again (My heart in hiding Stirred for a bird, — the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!)
The poem actually starts off with “To Christ our Lord” which leads me to think that the author is somehow comparing the bird to Christ (Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here Buckle!). It seems like the author thinks the bird is like Christ because of its powers at being able to hover even through strong winds (O my chevalier!), powers that can be considered dangerous because of how it hovers in wait of striking at prey, just as it can be considered that Christ hovers above us all waiting to “strike” someone with his powers of healing.
There are a few instances of enjambment when a line is broken up with a hyphen (king-dom) which emphasizes a reference to “king” and “kingdom,” again relating back to religion. In the first 8 lines that all end with “ing.” The last 3 lines reference “shiny things” (sillion shine,” “blue-beak embers” and also references “gall themselves, gash gold-vermillion” which could also be referring to Christ dying on the cross and bleeding.
Overall, I believe there is a definite religious tone to this sonnet as the author is comparing a bird to a king (i.e., Christ).