Analysis of Williams Wordworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us ” as a Romantic Poem
What is the message of the world is too much with us?
The world is too much with us theme
Allusion in the world is too much with us
Alliteration in the world is too much with us
Having noticed the frequently asked questions on the Williams Wordworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us” we we shall take our time to analyse the poem as a romantic poem, as well as analyse the literary device line by line as they feature in the literary work.
Williams Wordworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us” Poem
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 bears her bosom to the moon
The winds that will be howling at all hours
And are up gather now as 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 out worn
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea.
Have glimpse that would make me less forlorn
Or hear Old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
Analysis of Williams Wordworth’s The “World is Too Much With Us ” as a Romantic Poem
On reading this poem, it will be found out that the poet gives a complaint. The complaint is that human beings do not appreciate nature. Take note that the word nature is written honourifically as Nature as if it were a name of human being or God which first letter must always be in capital form. This is an element of PASSION for which a romantic poet is distinguished. Wordsworth uses such a passion to equate nature to purity or holiness. He accuses human “beings of cherishing worldly things that are inconsequential which he puts as a sordid boon” in line 4. Take note that something sordid is worthless, while boon means a free-gift.
N. B. This means that human beings so much like worthless things in their great numbers in a way a great number of people will run to partake in the collection of free gifts
Again, one will see that the poet establishes himself as being different from other human beings. This he displays by showing himself as the only person who adores or loves nature deep down his heart. Others whom he addresses in this poem do not.
N. B. This is the element of contrast peculiar to romantic poetry.
Wordsworth displays another contrast by using details of the beauty, attractiveness and perfectiness of wind, flowers, green grass (i.e pleasant leas), the tide (wave-like flowing of sea water and white bubbles) from the water which he describes through the classical allusions in
“….Proteus rising from the sea….
….Old Triton blows his wreathed horn….”
Williams Wordworth further displays another contrast by calling himself a Pagan who will ever separate himself from people who are believers. This is one more illustration of the contrast used by Wordsworth to enjoin his fellow men to accept what he is saying about the need to appreciate nature and other habits that will be pleasing before God Almighty instead of doing otherwise. Clearly, the poem is a sonnet. It contains a b b a a b b a c d c d c d end rhyme scheme.
Figures of Speech and Literary Devices in Williams Wordworth’s “The Word is Too Much With Us “
In conclusion, the poem exhibits the following discussed figures of speech and literary devices.
Rhyme is a literary devices that is usually associated with the ending of literary line in a poem, thereby making it to seems sound alike though, sometimes with different spelling and meaning.
This device or element could be seen in form of parallelism in lines 5 and 6, 12 and 13.
Oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two ideas that look contradictory at first are united. The poet applied oxymoron in line 4 of the poem
(i.e . sordid boon)
This is also called run-on-line. This device is usually applied in a literary work where a continuous thought flow is discussed. That is the idea in a line of poem continues in the following line. For example in line 9 and 10
“Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn.”
Personification is the given the attribute of living thing to inanimate objects. The poet has used personification at several points in this poem such as,
“sea that bears her bosom to the moon”;
“The winds that will be howling at all hours” and “sleeping flowers.”
All these expressions make nature possess human-like qualities like yearning for love, sleeping and soothing.
Allusion is always contained when in an expression in which a reference is made to some historical event or activities which had either taken place in the Bible or classical Age.
“Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.”
The use of imagery makes the readers visualize the writer’s feelings, emotions or ideas. Wordsworth has used images appealing to the sense of hearing such as,
“winds that will be howling”
to the sense of touch as
and to the sense of sight as
“Proteus rising from the sea.”
Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds in the same line such as the sound;
of /s/ in “Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea”
and /f/ and /t/ sounds in “For this, for everything, we are out of tune.”
Simile a device used to compare something another thing to let the readers know what it is. There is only one simile used in line seven of the poem,
“And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;”
The poet has linked the howling of the winds with the sleeping flowers.
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There are two metaphors used in this poem. One of the metaphors is in the tenth line;
“Suckle in a creed outworn.” Here creed represents mother that nurses her child.
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in the same line such as
/o/ sound in “Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn”.