William Wordsworth 's The World Is Too Much With Us

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Poetry Analysis: “The World is too Much with Us”
William Wordsworth’s poem “The World is too Much with Us” is a sonnet published in 1807. Williams Wordsworth was an extreme lover of nature, and in the poem, the speaker stresses how the obsession we have with “getting and spending” causes us to forget the gift and the beauty of nature. The speaker tells about how this world is so overbearing, we cannot respect and appreciate nature, and since we are so caught up in ourselves and money, we do not take the time to appreciate nature. When Wordsworth says “getting and spending”, he is referring to the lifestyle of people following the Industrial Revolution. This poem is a Petrarchan sonnet on account of it is divided into two parts: an octave of eight lines, and a sestet of six lines at the end. In the Petrarchan sonnet there is usually a noticeable shift in the ninth line, and in the ninth line of the poem, the speaker shifts the mood and begins to show his wanting to be a pagan, because he is tired of the way things are and it’s getting him down. For the most part, Wordsworth 's poem is in iambic pentameter, meaning that each line contains five sections that contain an unstressed syllable and a stressed syllable. For example, in line 10, “A pa-gan suck-led in a creed out-worn.”, iambic pentameter is used. William Wordsworth uses symbols, imagery, and themes in “The World is too Much with Us” to discuss how we are out of tune with nature.
To start off, Wordsworth harnesses the…
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