Nature and the Free Flow of Emotion

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William Wordsworth said, “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher” (Brainy Quote). According to the poet, we can gain all the knowledge necessary in life from nature. Wordsworth’s poem, “The World Is Too Much With Us,” can best be interpreted to mean that people have become too wrapped up in worldly things and have lost all appreciation for what nature has to offer. William Wordsworth was born April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland in England’s Lake District which is why he is known as one of the “lake poets” of the Romantic Era. He lost his parents at a very young age and lost touch with his sister, Dorothy, because of it. Wordsworth was a very intelligent man who received his education from St. John’s College,…show more content…
The sestet starts off with the use of alliteration to emphasize his rage when he exclaims, “Great God!” (9). Fralin interprets that the last 6 lines are an apostrophe to God in which Wordsworth expresses his anger toward the world. Wordsworth even goes as far as to say that he would rather be “A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn” (10) so that he may celebrate nature rather than a Christian who only sees nature as a tool for profit. The allusions to Proteus and Triton provides more support for the argument that even though Paganism is “a creed outworn” (10), a way of life long gone, at least they saw nature as something to be worshipped and made divine. He states that if this was the case, he would feel “less forlorn” (12) and there would be hope for nature to be seen as an element of beauty once again. Wordsworth uses many symbols to better argue his point that nature is not appreciated the way it used to be. “We have given our hearts away” (4). Our hearts symbolize the respect we once showed toward nature. Wordsworth uses a paradox by stating that this is “a sordid boon!” (4) or a foul gift. The elements Words worth talks about, the sea and wind, symbolize the power and beauty that nature has. It also symbolizes the longing for a restored connection between nature and man which is best shown by the sea and wind trying to attract the attention of man by, “baring her bosom” (5) and “howling at all hours” (6). The metaphor used to compare people to a musical

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