Old Man Travelling by William Wordsworth

The man is so demure that even the little birds along the road do not pay attention to him. His movements, starting from his face to his walk and gait, are one and the same. The old man moves like a man lost in thought. This man, one who is lost in thought, is “subdued to settled quiet.” This can be interpreted to mean that the man has a kind of quiet confidence about him. “He is one by whom all effort seems forgotten” means that the man appears effortless in his movements. Furthermore, while for others “long patience” requires strength and determination, this man has no need for it since he is naturally at peace. The old man’s peaceful presence is “so perfect” that even the young are jealous of it, even though “the old man hardly feels” it.

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