What made the poet proclaim Ernest was the Stone Face?
The poet heard Ernest while he was talking to his audience. Ernest was speaking from the depth of his heart and mind. He felt that Ernest's own life and characters were a nobler kind of poetry than he had ever written. The poet found great similarities between the misty white clouds around the Great Stone Face and the white hairs around the brow of Ernest. So, poet declared that Ernest himself was the Stone Face.