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Subject The World can't stand us...
Posted by Sherry
Posted on Mon Dec 14 21:46:50 1998
From IP c445-40.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

I・ve always loved sonnets, for no reason at all. And this is one of the reasons that this Wordsworth written style attracts me that much. It is talking of my favorite topics: Disgust toward the materialistic and industrialized world and adoration toward the nature.
First of all, I would like to talk about the rhymes of this sonnet. As we know that there are two kinds of sonnets: Shakespearean and Petrarchan style. As we can see through this sonnet, the rhyme scheme shows as following ABBAABBACDCDCD, which is of Petrarchan style. The characteristic of this sonnet style is that it consists of an octave, which may have presented a problem for the readers to solve, followed by an sestet, which offer its role as a solution to the problem, or a shifting of feeling. In this sonnet, I would consider it as a shifting of feeling, since in the octave the speaker implies that we human beings are burden to the already over-crowded world, because we human being are not doing anything to help the nature reach to a better condition; instead, we・re making it worse than before. Here the speaker is objecting to the industrial revolution that had brought facilities to our societal life, but had worsen the condition of the already torn environment.
: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;;
When reading these lines, I feel that the speaker is trying to make us understand how selfish we are, that we disregard the nature in front of its very eye, and that we keep on wasting whatever source the nature has provided to us. Notice that the speaker especially printed the word :Nature; with capitals, strongly suggesting to his readers that nature is something so sacred but that had been thrown into profanity, simply out of stupidity of human beings.
: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!;
In here, I strongly feel that the speaker wants to deliver us the idea that we have forgotten how to live life wholeheartedly and that we・re becoming indifferent to our environment. Originally human beings are the one that invaded the peaceful surrounding of the nature. We don・t seem to regret for what we・ve done, but kept on damaging to where didn・t belong us. The speaker is angry because we・ve made everything lose its harmony and order. He・s suggesting that we・ve lost our ability to feel what was used to be lovely to us, no wonder we・re out of tune and it move 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.
Now that I・ve reached to this final sestet, and I・m beginning to understand what the speaker is trying to say. If industrial revolution means :evolution;, and :facility; to the :material world;, then he would prefer to be locked up in outdated religion creeds rather than being exposed to such a :polluted; world! From the third line to sixth line are saying that he wants to be with nature, even though leading primitive life is much less convenient, he would be just happy to live like that.
In general, this is a sonnet that speaks out much of the speaker・s emotions through shifting of feeling and this is what appeals to me.


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