by William Wordsworth
Mutability Truth Quotes
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but could not even sustain
Some casual shout that broke the silent air, (lines 12-13)
With the image of the falling tower, Wordsworth asks us to maybe be a little more humble in our opinions. He pokes fun at the tower, image of war and military might, which "could not even" sustain a shout at the end of its life. Maybe the tower would also be a good symbol of our sense of certainty over what is true at any given point.