| Quote #4
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; (line 10)
Wordsworth is famous for his poems that praise natural wilderness and pastoral life, such as "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (also on Shmoop). To hear him speak about his beloved valleys and hills in anything less than glowing terms is odd, to say the least.
| Quote #5
The river glideth at his own sweet will: (line 12)
Even the images of nature play against the expectation of feeling rushed and harried by the city. The river does not allow itself to be rushed. It flows at a slow and even pace. Also, the elements of nature are like people that populate the empty-feeling city.