For me, The Windhover was a really unpleasant poem to read. It was a tongue twister from hell. The content of the poem was really hard to follow because of this. The first time I read it, I was reading just to get through and pronounce the words. the second time I read it, I tried to find out what it was actually about. Finally, the third time I realized it was about this magnificent bird Hopkins had spotted. Although dumbfounded may not be the best word to describe the emotion I feel in this poem, I think that is what his initial reaction was, based on what I read in this poem.
Overall, not a real pleasant poem to read, simply because it was so obscure in meaning that I basically got lost.