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by William Wordsworth

Mutability Sadness Quotes

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Quote #4

which royally did wear
His crown of weeds, but could not even sustain
Some casual shout that broke the silent air, (lines 11-13)

The "crown of weeds" probably alludes to a passage in Shakespeare’s King Lear, one of the saddest of the Bard’s many sad plays. What’s more pathetic than an old, dying king prancing around the forest, wearing a crown of weeds and pretending that he still has power? The tower is like King Lear.

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