Published in 1807, William Wordsworth reflects the many voices such as his attitude and values towards the Industrial Revolution and how it was a big turning point in history. This inevitable transition included going from hand production methods to machines. Wordsworth has described the world as being too overwhelming, for example instead of appreciating beautiful events such as the moon shining over the ocean; people began to use all their energy on being concerned about time and money. Technology and modernization effect this poem as ‘The World’ in fact has become advanced for us to handle; cities have increased in size, merchandise has become for sale, Blake implies that the advancement has a heavy price. Wordsworth’s tone of the poem created an effect of depression and sadness; the poem is elegiac, the speaker is ‘forlon’. William Wordsworth conveys the new progress of machines, contrasting the stress of the importance of nature and its importance to society.
The World is too much for us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers
The poem begins with complaint, referring to how people are lowering themselves with consumerism. The ‘World’ indicates the natural world instead of the city, in which means that humanity is to diligent, no one realises the loss of the natural world by the industrialisation, ‘it’s too much’. It may also refer to how the mankind has upset a delicate balance, with the change and impacts from the Industrial Revolution,
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William Wordsworth existed in a time when society and its functions were beginning to rapidly pick up. The poem that he 'Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye', gave him a chance to reflect upon his quick paced life by taking a moment to slow down and absorb the beauty of nature that allows one to 'see into the life of things'; (line 49). Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey'; takes you on a series of emotional states by trying to sway 'readers and himself, that the loss of innocence and intensity over time is compensated by an accumulation of knowledge and insight.'; Wordsworth accomplishes to prove that although time was lost along with his innocence, he
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The second and final work I am critiquing is from a book entitled, ‘The Life of William Wordsworth: A Critical Biography’ written by John Worthen. I have selected a chapter which pairs nicely with article mentioned above. The chapter features both Wordsworth and Coleridge as well. However, it is not as critical as the article, it is more biographical and informational which is to be expected in a biography. The chapter focuses on the years 1806 to 1807. It begins with the mention of the death of Wordsworth’s brother, John. According to Worthen, this deeply effected Wordsworth and he had little success with the poetry he was writing during this time. Worthen then, points to ‘Elegiac Stanzas’ which confronts his late brother’s death, displays a new sense of reality, and again redeems him as a poet. Worthen states, “The poem makes the narrator 's youthful state of ecstatic, thoughtless love for the natural world — ‘of lasting ease, / Elysian quiet, without toil or strife’ — utterly unreal, in contrast with the realities of life as he now knows them. A ‘fond delusion of my heart’ he calls that old love, ‘to be pitied’ not believed in” (328). The author implies that the death of his brother drastically changed his worldview. The bleak reality of a world without his brother led to Wordsworth becoming more mature and wise after experiencing loss. The author then shifts to discussing ‘Tintern Abbey’ and his reflections during a time of youth. I believe that the author mentions the
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William Wordsworth's poem The world is too much with us is a statement about conflict between nature and humanity. The symbolism in his poem illustrates a sense of the conviction and deep feelings Wordsworth had toward nature. He longs for a much simpler time when the progress of humanity was tempered by the restriction nature imposed. Wordsworth is saying in this poem that man is wasting his time on earth by not appreciating nature around him. He is looking but not beholding. "We have given our hearts away" (4) means that we have sold the part of us that is from the earth (man which is from dust) in order to make other things more important than appreciating life; such as, money or
and that he believes them. The poem also translates into how living in the city is toilsome and that the city is unrelenting. On the other hand it shows how the city can be prosperous and happy with the city’s disadvantages. in the second half of the poem it’s telling how nomatter what is wrong with the city, the people are still proud of who they are.
We are not victims of our biology or circumstances, we are responsible for our decisions and making choices is the most powerful thing in the universe, only beneath God of course. It was with this premise that great nations were built. The true Christian faith is the largest and most powerful force of civilization in history. It arose with just a few disciples in a dusty region far away from the centers of global decisions, and in a few centuries became the dominant culture of the world. We created a beautiful, scientific, technological, and advanced civilization. In spite of its many defects, what we call Judeo-Christian western civilization is the most beautiful invention of mankind up to today. Vishal Mangawadi in his wonderful work “The Book that Made Your World”, describes how, through the influence of the Bible, we had the anti-slavery movement, caring for the weak, widows, orphans, disabled, and miserable, democracy, justice, freedom of expression and human dignity.
The entire poem has a smooth rhythm, which makes it appealing and easy for the reader to understand. For the first 8 lines, the speaker describes to the readers how the world is too much with us and spends the rest of the poem discussing how he wants change to pre-Christian (pagan) beliefs where he can respond to nature. The writer starts the poem by repeating the title “The world is too much with us” (ll. 1). This used to reinforce the point and explain that the world is slowly drifting from being completely natural to adapting to change made by humans. The first four lines of the stanza “The world is too…a sordid boon!”
Despite constant style and content changes within poetry throughout history, “God’s Grandeur,” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, is very comparable to the poem, “The World is too Much with Us,” by William Wordsworth. These poems’ greatest similarity lies in their themes. They each describe society and its lack of care for the natural world, where mankind is too preoccupied with duties and material things. The most obvious difference between the poems is the tone they end with—Hopkins’s poem starts with a sardonic tone and ends with a more positive stance towards nature and God by expressing a belief in renewal and redemption through the power of God. Wordsworth’s poem, inversely, remains cynical throughout and in the end the speaker wishes for his
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To better understand this poem some history about London during the time the poem was written is helpful. London was the “. . . undisputed cultural, economic, religious, educational, and political center” of England in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. It was a city of “warehouses, docks, factories, prisons,
“The World Is Too Much with Us” represents societies absent connection with nature. Right off the bat, Wordsworth repeats the title of this poem to emphasize a Romantic element. The first couple of lines begin with Wordsworth stating that the modern world is losing the battle to materialism. "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" (Wordsworth 2-4)! In an