From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mutability

Mutability

  

by William Wordsworth

Mutability Truth Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #1

whose concord shall not fail; (line 3)

Based on this quote, Wordsworth seems to believe in some kind of enduring, absolute standard in the universe, whether or not it’s "truth." The world isn’t just chaos and anarchy; there’s an order. The Greek philosopher Plato once described it as "the harmony of the spheres."

Quote #2

Truth fails not; but her outward forms that bear
The longest date do melt like frosty rime, (lines 7-8)

The idea of truth "failing" is a bit strange, but we’ll go with it. The quote states that truth has an "inner" and an "outer form." Sounds like the old philosophical distinction between essence and appearance (Plato again!). Appearances can change, but essence never does.

Quote #3

That in the morning whitened hill and plain
And is no more; (lines 9-10)

You could draw from this quote the somewhat radical idea that truth takes on different appearances at different times. You can’t rely on the standard of appearances as a measure of absolute truth.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement