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"The World Is Too Much With Us"

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Jessica Scheeler

on 16 January 2013

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Summarization "The World is Too Much With Us" Poor Nature.. Phase 2 Syntax Core Wordsworth uses a lot of personification in his poem, as well as some similes, paradox, and alliteration.
His use of personification reinforces his idea that nature is being ignored and is giving man signs of its distress. Summary of the poem: The title emphasizes Wordsworth's point of man ignoring nature and the impact of this ignorance. The ignorance of man to nature is causing nature to become tired and annoyed. "The World Is Too Much With Us" Wordsworth seems to have written this poem with the intention of bringing people( who live in the modern world)'s attention to nature. He says he wishes he were raised as a Pagan so he could more fully enjoy nature's true beauty. He wants others to realize this as well. Wordsworth poem has this timeless universal theme of ignoring nature's true beauty and causing nature to unleash disasters because of this.
Wordsworth wanted people to step back, get away from modernization, and enjoy nature in its truest and most beautiful, untouched form.
He is saying that we are trying to become so modern and advanced, that we are neglecting nature and are causing it to lash out at us. Poem by William Wordsworth
Prezi by Jacob Bowers and Jessica Scheeler Wordsworth's poem is about how man has lost his connection with nature and how man fails to see the beauty around him. The speaker of the poem wishes he were raised as a Pagan so he would be able to experience the great joy through and with nature. The speaker of the poem wishes that people in the modern world would take a step back and see how great nature really is. The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn. Sordid means vile and boon means something to be thankful for, thus, a paradox! The repatitive "b"'s in "bares her bosom and the "h"'s in "howling at all hours" are forms of alliteration! Wordsworth's personification of nature! "like sleeping flowers" is also a simile! This poem is a Petrarchan sonnet, meaning it has an octave with a rhyme scheme of ABBA ABBA and a sestet of CDCDCD. References Petrarchan. (2009, Nov 15). dictionary.reference.
Retrieved Jan 16, 2013, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Petrarchan?s=t. Dramatic Reading:
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