The World Is Too Much for Us
In William Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much With Us," this poem heeds warning to his generation. This warning is that they are losing sight of what is actually important in this world: nature and God. To some people both of these are the same thing "...as if lacking appreciation for the natural gifts of God is not sin enough, we add to it the insult of pride for our rape of His land" (Wordsworth). With his words, Wordsworth makes this message perpetual and everlasting. William Wordsworth loved nature and based many of his poems on it. He uses very strong diction to get his point and feelings across. This poem expresses Wordsworth's feeling about nature and religion containing a melodic rhythm (Wordsworth). Each line and each
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Coming away from this sestet, four things come to my mind: materialism, wastefulness, selfishness, and the lack of respect for life (i.e. prostitution, murder, abortion) (Gill). If you think about the time period that this was written and today, are these things not truer today than they were when they were written. In today's culture are we not a society of using what you want and waste what you don't consume.
The way in which this poem flows is Wordsworth's idea and view of life now, and his attempt to grasp his childhood memories of how he would like to live (Wordworth). His understanding of life is best stated: as children grow older, the memory fades, and the magic of nature dies to them. But, through this poem, he is able to relive everything through his memories, and the thing that is most important to him, a pure communion with nature. Overall, I think the author is connecting how times have changed and the people just don't have faith left. In my opinion, I feel the writer is certainly the speaker. I feel that his great love for nature and any harm that has and shall come to it has shown forth. He expresses negativity towards anything that does not se nature's beauty, utilizing this to show something needs to be done (Gill). He also expresses his religious beliefs of how God is connected to nature portraying greed and modernization for the worst.
Gill, Stephen. William Wordsworth: A Life (Oxford Lives S.). New York: