Environmental Crisis Exposed in The World Is Too Much With Us and God's Grandeur

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Environmental Crisis Exposed in The World Is Too Much With Us and God's Grandeur

In his poem, "The World Is Too Much With Us," William Wordsworth blames modern man of being too self-indulgent. Likewise, Gerard Manley Hopkins shows how the way we treat nature shows our loss of spirituality in his poem, "God's Grandeur." We are ruthless by lacking proper appreciation for, being separated from, and abusing nature.

Man lacks proper gratitude for nature. People often are blind to nature's great beauty. "It moves us not," says Wordsworth. Many people never see a sunrise or a sunset because we are too concerned with the hustle and bustle of our tiny worlds to appreciate the opulence around us. We don't recognize
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We also take animals for granted. We believe that they were created ultimately for our use. Wordsworth goes as far as to wish he was "A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn." Pagans often use animals as their gods. Woodworth thinks that if we were all pagans, we would truly respect the Earth and everything upon it. Our alienation from nature makes us merciless to Mother Nature.

Man's alienation from nature is the reason man abuses nature. Economic gain is what most people think of when cutting down a tree, or doing something else to harm the landscape. In his poem, Wordsworth shows that "We have given our hearts away." This means that we have taken something so close to us, and mistreated it. We have sold what God gave us for material things. We also have overused the Earth for industrial advantage. The Earth is taken advantage of, and "is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil," as Hopkins explains in the poem, "God's Grandeur." Our children may not have natural resources because we greedily use them up. We want to use Alaska, America's last frontier, to gain more natural resources. We feel nothing when we pollute nature for our benefit. The Earth "wears man's smudge and shares man's smell." Today we are threatened with skin cancer because of a hole in the ozone layer due to factories and our love of machines with gasoline motors. Wildlife is being
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