William Wordsworth „the World Is Too Much with Us…”,

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William Wordsworth deals with a very contemporary issue in his poem „The world is too much with us…”, which is kind of surprising, because the author of this poem lived in the 19th century and it seems that back then people had already realized that human beings are destroying Earth and they take nature for granted. I guess Wordsworth wrote this poem to try making people aware of their actions and its outcomes.

The speaker of this poem is a lyrical I, as you can see in line 11 where the poet uses the first person: “So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,” and also in line 12 where he talks about “me”. But the speaker also mentions a certain “us” with which he refers to us people. We, the human beings, are also the addressee’s in
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But instead of realizing this great present from God, we sell our hearts to materialism and we do not have time to enjoy Earth’s nature anymore, we are working too much and spending too much time on less important things. “We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” is the way Wordsworth explains our lifestyle to us. The last part of that sentence is actually a metaphor. He describes our life as a miserable blessing and kind of feels sorry for us.
Then he continues with imageries in line 5 to 11. We find two personifications, the first one is: “The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;” The sea cannot bare her bosom, because only animals and humans have a bosom. But in this case it is a personification and the author illustrates that people do not see the bare bosom of the sea anymore. In our eyes it is nothing special, it became normal for us and we do not really think about it. Also, here the noun “Sea” is written in an upper case letter, which makes it a name and demonstrates that we are not talking about a sea, but about the sea, that is a gift from nature. We should appreciate these gifts. At a nice evening for example, we could see the moonlight shimmering in the sea, but we do not actually see it because we are too busy.
He goes on with the second personification: “The winds that will be howling at all hours,/And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;”, here it is the same idea. Winds cannot howl at all, only animals and humans are able
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