Q.1. What are the resolutions the poetess makes on the arrival of the New Year?
The poetess makes extraordinary resolutions at the beginning of the New Year. She says that in order to purify her soul, she will remain quiet. She will drink long sips of quietness. It is a beautiful simile as if quietness is a medicine that can make her clean physically and spiritually from impurities.
Elizabeth says that she will remember herself twice daily, in the evening and in the morning. She will take into consideration what her aim of creation is. She will try to understand the purpose of life in general. Perhaps she means that she should recognize herself, which will help her in recognizing God and leading life for benefit of others.
Her third resolution is to face and live with Reality. During the New Year, she will make some promises and pledges. She will sleep on thin, less-fleshy arms of reality to face the bare and open reality of life. She would come out of her fancy and imagination. She would stop building castles in the air and begin facing the reality in all it’s chill and heat, wind and storm, thick and thin. She will feel relieved and satisfied when she comes to know that she has spent her life for the benefit of others.
In this poem, the poetess makes extraordinary resolutions at the beginning of the New Year. She expresses her determination to lead a better and well-balanced life. For this, she takes stock of her past misdeeds by undergoing the process of self-examination and self-recognition. This will help her to purify her soul enabling her to spend her life for the benefit of others. It will give her relief and satisfaction.