Theme[ edit ] In the early 19th century, Wordsworth wrote several sonnets blasting what he perceived as "the decadent material cynicism of the time. It reflects his view that humanity must get in touch with nature to progress spiritually.
Wordsworth tells us that we have lost our connection with nature and that sometimes it is better to return to a past stage of civilisation if this allows us to enjoy and to be more conscious of the importance of nature.
I'd rather be 10 A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; 11 So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, 12 Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; 13 Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; 14 Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn. The poem is composed of an octave and a sestet. In the former we find the problem that the author poses to the reader and, in the latter, Wordsworth proposes a solution, as we will see later in the interpretation of the poem.
This makes me feel that the octave, where Wordsworth poses the problem, is quite compact and solid, giving a sense of completion and strength, having the quality of hardness of the real problem he is talking about and posing to the reader. The mixture of rhyme type in the sestet makes the reader feel the fluidity and the varied character of the solution proposed in it.
Interpretation of the poem The poem is centered on the fact that the mankind started to pollute and destroy the nature since the Industrial Revolution, although it had started just a few decades ago and they had not seen its effects enough yet.
This already tells us how committed Wordsworth was to the historical moment he was living, how much he realised that the migration from the country to the cities was leading to the destruction of nature, especially because nobody was worrying about whether they were spending too much or not nor even whether they were doing anything to return what has drawn from nature.
The first line states the core issue that vertebrates the whole poem, that mankind is wasting the world and is destroying it, we are too much for the world, it cannot survive with us in it. I think it gives more power to the concept by simply stating it, showing it, without articulating it, it gives a sense of completeness and therefore, of bluntness.
These are examples of what should make a human being feel amazed when staring at nature and Wordsworth is showing them to us to make it even clearer if we have not understood the importance and the greatness of his motives from the very beginning.
And if this was not enough, the fact that the author makes use of the passive voice makes us feel that they can be easily controlled by a force external to them.
In the eighth line, Wordsworth repeats what he had already said in the third line, we are not in tune with nature, and we do not see ourselves reflected in it. Despite the fact that the ninth line is part of the sestet, it serves more as a link between the octave and the sestet.
In the first part, the poet repeats the octave motif: This materialises the change of theme from the problem posed from the beginning to the solution starting here.
Moreover, this line is the only one in the whole poem where we can find an enjambment, which adds to the difference between the rest of the lines and this one. This makes me think that here the author states a difference between society we, us and he himself, and the author strengthens this fact by speaking as something as personal and deep as religion or spirituality, treating it as a choice he would have preferred to make.
Wordsworth presents this as something that cannot be undone by the moment of writing the poem, perhaps because, among other reasons, Paganism is no longer a viable choice.
There Wordsworth would be able to see things that now nobody can see because of the differences in religion and beliefs.Sometime before the proposed destruction or negation of the world, a caucus will be held, and the whole affair be settled, by a sort of universal Pl6biscite.
Herr von Hartmann has made, in his system, sufficient preparations for this method of the world- release. "The World Is Too Much with Us" is a Petrarchan sonnet written by William Wordsworth. Its first eight lines (the octet) pose a question or problem, and its last six lines (the sestet) give a response or solution.
The problem in this sonnet's octet is that humanity has lost its respect for and connection with nature/5(26). #05 Wordsworth's Sonnet Wordsworth and Coleridge were influential in starting the Romantic Age in English literiture. His father encouraged him to read Milton, Shakespeare and Spenser and there is a possible influence by them in his sonnet form.
There are multiple examples of romantic traits in Wordsworth's poem "The World is Too Much With Us." To being, one needs to understand the definitions of both romantic and traits. William Wordsworth’s poem “The World Is Too Much With Us” scolds mankind for ignoring nature and placing too much emphasis on his own society.
The World is too Much with Us Introduction In A Nutshell William Wordsworth was one of the founders of the literary movement we now call Romanticism, a period covering (roughly) the years to .