These lines are a heroic quatrain in more than one sense. Such pure stoicism is rare in English.
Tag: 18th century poets
I guess here’s what you might get if no-one seems good enough.
The form of this Wordsworthian sonnet refers back to 16th and 17th century sonnets, much like the reference to Proteus recalls Milton’s description of the Old Man of the Sea, and Triton Spenser’s figure of the sea-god.
A Bard used to be much more than a mere wordsmith.
Trees aren’t just still standing timber. Not even poplars.