“The World Is Too Much With Us” SOAPS Analysis by: William Wordsworth
The speaker appears to be portrayed as an intelligent environmentalist male, that is would have lived around the same time Wordsworth lived, during the French Revolution. Mainly, this character was more concerned about nature and the well being of animals, then humanities. The speaker seems really concerned, annoyed to say throughout the entire poem, he is constantly complaining about how humanity is a way to such a beautiful earth.
The occasion that motivated the author to write this poem, is the impact of humanity on the environment, and how humans are not at peace, but nature is. The author’s depression throughout the poem is brought on by his concern for the environment and how he believes the environment can change itself without the aid of humans. This is shown throughout the poem, because the author is rather depressed and complains about humanity in some way on every line, such as “The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” (Line one) the author explains how nature keeps moving, how the world keeps moving, and we (humans) are in the way of the evolution of nature and the world.
The audience would be environmentalists, people who are spiritual with nature and through faith. This is explained throughout the poem in multiple different contexts, such as “Little we see in Nature that is ours; we have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” (Line three) He explains how nature is viewed little too many humans, and how don’t appreciate it and what it has to offer. The author mentions “Boon” which means benefit or award, he is being sarcastic with that saying, laughing at humanity and how it lacks the growth and potential that nature has. The author uses a sarcastic, harsh tone throughout the poem, which describes the personality of the author, and the audience, he is attacking an audience of snarky environmentalists, that laugh in the...
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