March 3rd, 2013

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"And the Tune's my own Invention"

Lewis Carroll's White Knight's song rather spoiled "Resolution and Independence" for me for a while; however, it also enhanced it. Without Carroll, it would probably never have occurred to me that in the last line of the poem Wordsworth is looking back to a time when he was looking forward to a time when he would be looking back to the time he was looking forward from. This of course stands in contrast to the mood earlier in the poem, in which he is looking back to a time when he was looking even further back to a time that exemplified what, at that time, he felt he had to look forward to.

That's poetry, that is.