Tuesday, October 18, 2005


The World Is To Much With Us; Late And Soon
by William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune,
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

This poem is very interesting. The tone of the author seems very excited and almost even desparate. It really sets an interesting mood for the poem. His exclamation marks really seem to be an important factor in setting this mood. I noticed that this poem has a lot of "water" words. There's words like: sea, winds, Proteus, and Triton. These words sort of seem to work to create an ocean image where nothing is still; there is a lot of motion and activity furthering the vital mood of the poem. The allusions to religion and myth are very interesting too. The author almost seems to cry out to the gods confessing that he would rather be a "pagan suckled in a creed outworn" than live a meaningless life. At least that's the way it felt like to me. The author really seems to feel discontent especially when he uses words like "too much" or "waste" or "sordid". All in all the poem seems very effective to me.


Blogger Sarah said...

I love your reading of the water words creating a sense of oceanic movement. How does that relate to W's frustration with modernity?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

I enjoyed reading your analysis of the poem. I also agree with you on what you said about the analyzation of the words throughout the poem. I think that this poem brings a kind of eerie mood throughout the poem because of the diction used such as "suckled" and "creed."

12:09 AM  

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