The World is too Much With Us by William Wordsworth Essay

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The World is too Much With Us by William Wordsworth

I am writing this essay in order to give one interpretation of William Wordsworth's sonnet, "The World Is Too Much With Us". The poet seems to take the viewpoint of a Pagan and ascribes a godlike status to nature much along the way the Greeks did in their time. He then proceeds to use personification along with simile, metaphor, imagery and breaks in syntax to describe how we have fallen away or strayed from what nature meant us to be. The poem starts off with the words in the title, "The world is too much with us, late and soon". This can be interpreted as how at times people can feel as though there is no recess from the world, or no way to "get away" from ourselves.
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(The personification of "Sleeping flowers" could be seeds that haven't yet become what they could be, much like people who are not yet alive to the beauty of nature and the beauty in them.) In line eight he ties all these thoughts together by stating that for all these reasons and "for everything, we are out of tune;" This line might be a clever way to portray the line itself being out of tune in the way we are out of tune with nature. The lines it is supposed to rhyme with all end in oon, as in moon, soon, and boon. So in making this line slightly out of synch in this way makes it out of tune with the rest of the poem. This might be an interesting way of using the structure of the poem to help convey his point. With the next line we see a subtle shift in the feel and rhyme structure of the poem. It becomes less descriptive and a new rhyme scheme begins which separates verses nine-fourteen from the rest of the poem. Verse nine reads, "It moves us not.-Great God! I'd rather be", followed by another line which states, "A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn:" At first reading, "-Great God!" might seem like an exclamation, but when we close read this line it can be interpreted differently. By
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