William Wordsworth

The World Is Too Much with Us

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Life of Wordsworth

-Born April 7, 1770 in Cumberland, in the English Lake Distract

-Moved to St. John's College in Cambridge

-Graduated in 1791

-Friends with Samuel Taylor Coleridge (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

-Married Mary Hutchinson and had 5 children, 2 who died as infants

-Eventually became a distributor of stamps in Rydal, England

-Died in Rydal on April 23, 1850

Introduction to William Wordsworth

Contributions to Poetry

-Descriptive Sketches in 1793 (first collection)

-Lyrical Ballads with Coleridge in 1797

-Poems in Two Volumes in 1807

  • Included "The World Is Too Much With Us" and "Ode: Imitations of Immorality from Recollections in Early Childhood."
-The Excursion in 1814

-Appointed England's poet laureate

-The Prelude was considered his greatest work

  • Epic, autobiographical poem

The World Is Too Much With Us

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Poem Explanation

Lines 1-4
  • The "world" symbolizes a culture of material goods
  • The problem of Materialism has been and will continue tobe a problem in the future
  • Focus on material things diminishes other things are more important in life
  • Respect for nature has been lost
  • Material wealth is not worth the loss of nature to humanity


Lines 5-8

  • Explains how people are disconnected with nature


Lines 9-14

  • Continues to develop his argument, saying nature goes completely unnoticed
  • Describes the vision he would prefer
  • Says he would rather live in a pre-Christ, pagan world so that he could see nature differently than modern people do
  • He can look across the sea and see pagan gods
  • Explains how this would make him happoier

Literary Devices

-Juxtaposition/Comparison

  • Says that the world is too much with us, even before and after our time

-Personification

  • Talks about the Sea and nature and their features

-Allusion to various religion

  • Paganism, Mythology, Christianity

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Works Cited

"The World Is Too Much with Us." Poetry for Students. Ed. Sara Constantakis. Vol. 38. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 299-315. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.


"Introduction to William Wordsworth." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.


"Mountain+sound Search Results on SoundCloud - Listen to Music." SoundCloud.

SoundCloud, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.