Here is the poem "Spring" by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring–
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden's garden. -– Have, get, before it cloy.
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.
The book I use for the SAT preparation asks about the tone of the poem. There are two answer choices I have a problem with:
A) meditative and reverent.
B) respectful yet admonishing.
In my opinion, the tone is not admonishing which made me eliminate choice B. A is actually a correct answer choice, but I am a bit confused by the explanation to this question. In regard to the incorrect answer choice B, the explanation says that "there is nothing respectful about [the poem]."
However, as far as I understand, "respectful" and "reverent" are actually synonyms with "reverent" having a deeper, more intense, feeling of respect towards something.
My question is: How can there be then "nothing respectful about" the poem if the tone is meditative and reverent?
Thank you for any help and suggestions!