The West Wind is too great a king to be a dissembler: he is no calculator plotting deep schemes in a sombre heart; he is too strong for small artifices; there is passion in all his moods
, even in the soft mood
of his serene days, in the grace of his blue sky whose immense and unfathomable tenderness reflected in the mirror of the sea embraces, possesses, lulls to sleep the ships with white sails.
And the reader must remember that this mood
, which he has read in a quarter of an hour, is but one mood
of the myriad moods
of John Barleycorn, and that the procession of such moods
may well last the clock around through many a day and week and month.
What is the author's attitude toward Nature--(1) does he view Nature in a purely objective way, as a mass of material things, a series of material phenomena or a mere embodiment of sensuous beauty; or (2) is there symbolism or mysticism in his attitude, that is--does he view Nature with awe as a spiritual power; or (3) is he thoroughly subjective, reading his own moods
into Nature or using Nature chiefly for the expression of his moods
All these moods
ran themselves into one general effect, which Helen compared to the sliding of a river, quick, quicker, quicker still, as it races to a waterfall.
But poorly could I withstand them, much as in other moods
I was almost ready to smile at the solemn whimsicalities of that outlandish prophet of the wharves.
Differing one from another in natures and moods
so greatly as they did, they yet formed, bending, a curiously uniform row--automatic, noiseless; and an alien observer passing down the neighbouring lane might well have been excused for massing them as "Hodge".
After that she learned to weep silently--their moods
so seldom came together now
Sombre as it was, it put on the kindest of its moods
to welcome her.
It happened that on that morning of his name day the prince was in one of his worst moods
But Katavasov's serene and good-humored expression suddenly struck him, and he felt such tenderness for his own happy mood
, which he was unmistakably disturbing by this conversation, that he remembered his resolution and stopped short.
An hour ago they had seemed dangerous companions for so lofty a mood
; but now, under the gentle influences of dinner, the mood
had not indeed changed--but mellowed.
Complete surrender to a particular mood
until the mood
itself surrenders to the artist, and afterwards silent ceaseless toil until a form worthy of its expression has been achieved -- this is the method of Li Po and his fellows.