UCD William Wordsworth The World Is Too Much with Us Discussion

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Q001) "The World Is Too Much with Us" is one among a collection of sonnets that Wordsworth published in 1807. Describe Wordsworth’s use of this poetic form. In what ways does he conform to and alter the traditional sonnet?


Q002) Identify the two nature images that Wordsworth uses in lines 5 and 6, and describe what they evoke.


Q003) What do you think Wordsworth means by the statement, "The world is too much with us"?


Q004) Why do you think the glimpses of Proteus or Triton that Wordsworth imagines at the poem’s conclusion would make him "less forlorn" (line 12)?


William Wordsworth, "The World Is Too Much with Us"

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The World Is Too Much with Us

1

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

2

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

3

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

4

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

5

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

6

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

7

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

8

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

9

It moves us not. Great God...


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