When reading “Resolution and Independence”, my first impression of the poem was that it is a clever poem, that had a good transition. William Wordsworth started the poem talking about the environment and the beauty in the surrounding. Then went to relating to himself and how he was raised around it. Then to the old man that was present in the surrounding. To describe the setting, Wordsworth used descriptive language but did not overdo it. He also helped create a visual setting for the place. An example of that would be when he says,
“The grass is bright with rain-drops”
which can paint a picture of this glossy grass in the readers mind. The tone of the poem is also calming and content. It was an easy read but you definitely would have to reread it to make sure you did not miss any small details.
One interesting passage from the poem that drew me in is when he says,
“My whole life I have lived in pleasant thought,
As if life’s business were a summer mood;
As if all needful things would come unsought
To genial faith, still rich in genial good;
But how can He expect that others should
Build for him, sow for him, and at his call
Love him, who for himself will take no heed at all?”
I feel like this passage can be seen as very interesting because he starts off with this positive mood. He compares business to a summer day which most would see that as a happy mood to be in. Then towards the end of the passage he comes to reality that only because he sees the world in this positive light does not mean everyone else does as well. Which can be a sad reality.
Another passage that I admire would be:
“There was a roaring in the wind all night;
The rain came heavily and fell in floods;
But now the sun is rising calm and bright;
The birds are singing in the distant woods;
Over his own sweet voice the Stock-dove broods;
The Jay makes answer as the Magpie chatters;
And all the air is filled with pleasant noise of waters.”
I admire this passage because it is as if he is saying that even with the rough conditions of the night before, the environment was not phased with it and is still beautiful. The birds still have songs that they want to sing and the water will still run its course. Which can be a metaphor for how life can be at times. Life may be hard but it still goes on and one day you could wake up and everything be okay.
Some questions I might be wanting to be answered from the poem are who is the old man, where is the place he speaks of and why is it significant to him? I feel like if those questions were to be answered then the poem would have a personal feeling. Which can make the reader relate more to the author.