The World Is Too Much with Us by William Wordsworth
“Hollywood sells Californication” as the Red Hot Chili Peppers would put it they believe people these days value the wrong things being material things and pop culture which some people believe that’s the only way to gain acceptance sadly enough. The same goes with William Wordsworth as he angrily states the poem, that the new generation has lost touch with “The world” and everything meaningful: “late and soon, /Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers /Little we see in Nature that is ours / We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” He also goes on to say that “For this, for everything, we are out of tune”(Wordsworth 474). Then it is said that he wishes he were a “Pagan suckled in a creed outworn”(Wordswroth 474) standing in a “pleasant lea”, where he’d be “less forlorn” to see “Proteus rising from the sea” or hear “Triton blow his wreathed horn”.
First, we really need to think about what the author means by “The world” in the first line of the poem. When you analyze this word the first thing that comes to mind is earth which can be pertained to nature and the nature of people in the world, people having bad nature in this case. So when he says “The world is too much with us” (Wordswroth 474) he’s really saying is the world is too good for us. Accordingly in the next four lines of the poem Wordsworth says: “late and soon, /Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers /Little we see in Nature that is ours / We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” (Wordswroth 474) The allusions we draw from this is that he is complaining about how we in the present and the future are stealing from Mother Nature. In we seem too not care we are doing so and it’s a horrible outrage. Next Wordsworth goes on to say “For this, for everything, we are out of tune” (Wordswroth 474) which implicates that we are out of sync with nature and everything and it doesn’t bother us in anyway. He not wanting to be...
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