| Quote #1
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Most of the things in this poem are transient, passing easily way, including lives. Each generation rises up like a wave and then, the speaker implies, they crash on the shore and are gone. Not only do their deeds pass away, but also some of the deeds don't even have a chance to happen in the first place!
| Quote #2
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
That's the world for you – life flies by, and as quickly as we can get excited about something, it's gone.