The World is too Much With Us

The above literary appreciation is a sonnet by William Wordsworth. The English poet uses his words carefully in the poem and uses it to criticize the current generation of people in the world and the way they have chosen to live life as though nature does not exist. At the expense of the latter, they have chosen to adore material things making them deride and give much preference to materialism rather than use material things to make their lives and nature around them comfortable. Through it, human beings used the First Industrial revolution to distance themselves from nature and all that is has to offer. According to him, people have lost their soils to worldly possessions with the sole belief that there is nothing nature they can possess thus us all their energy to accumulate belongings.

The speaker takes an entirely different stand as far as the world is concerned. He feels that even though most human beings prefer to spend a significant percentage of their time chasing money, he would rather appreciate nature for all it has to offer. He prides in owning the possessions that nature has to offer. “There is little of what we see in nature that is in our possession (Wordsworth).” This is quite ironical as most of the things that nature has to offer, cannot be touched; the air, the breeze, light from the sun yet William is pissed by the fact that human beings do not strive to own them.  “Humanity is always out of tune even when the winds choose to howl (Wordsworth).” He has the perception that humanity shares a profound connection to nature, but they don’t explore it. However, it is also ironical that he wishes to envision the world through a different angle when he was born a pagan, yet he already sees it through a different perspective that most individuals do not.


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