The World Is Too Much With Us By William Wordsworth Essay

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The world is too much with us by William Wordsworth At first glance, the title of this poem might produce the feeling of harmony. That is, a sense of attunement between the world and us, humans. However, soon after reading the poem, one will find that the title: The world is too much for us, would have been more fitting with its message. Indeed, a closer look at the connotations of the word “too” in this context, reveals the tone of excessiveness found through this Italian sonnet. Yet, as condemning as the overture might seem, the poem does offer a solution or a response to the ailments of the Earth, which Wordsworth believes began with “us” and will end with “I”, greatly emphasizing the passage of time and the duality of ideas; these premises are illustrated by the uses of imagery, caesura, and rhyme. This Italian sonnet is divided into one octave and one sestet. Wordsworth used this division effectively in order to lay out his argument. The octave begins to explain the problem in the world, with the strongest claim being made in the second line: “Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” The words getting and spending have different connotations, which are the set of different words and beliefs associated with a certain word. The word getting is closely associated with mostly positive attitudes like earning more wealth, more power, and more material things. On the other hand, the word spending is related with negative emotions, for example, paying a price, giving…

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