The World is Too Much With Us

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The World Is Too Much With Us

In the poem, "The World Is Too Much With Us", The author William Wordsworth addresses that the modern age has lost its connection to nature and to everything meaningful.

He uses antipathetic diction to contribute to a dramatic tone. William depicts that people are being preoccupied with other material and have lost touch with mother nature. He also demonstrates the astounding power of criticism. He wishes that he was a pagan raised according to a different vision of the world. He Implies that "the world" is too overwhelming for us to appreciate, and we're so concerned about time and money that we use up all our energy.

In the beginning of the poem, William claims that modern age has lost its connection to nature and to everything meaningful. In Lines one and two, William gives us humans powers to describe how the earth is being destroyed by us.

In his words, "The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers." this symbolizes how destructive we are towards mother earth. In lines three to four, he uses vivid diction to describe the ability to feel,of which we've lost because we've given our hearts away. He writes, " Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!" Williams symbolism connects to the reader showing how we've become so absorbed in spending so much, in other words we no longer seem a part of nature. This creates a dramatic tone because of how very emotional and acted out he is in writing those lines. It creates tension with the readers feelings towards the poem and Wordsworth tries to teach us about realizing how we're treating mother nature.