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"The World Is Too Much with Us"
This world is really too much with us. In this poem, it is easy to find out what does the speaker try to tell. The nature, the world, did have give us lots, but we always didn't know to appreciate them! Though all this poem, the speaker realized the situation clearly so he was so urgent to speak out it! Just as what the speaker described, we are always "getting and spending" and lay "waste" our power that is given form Nature. After the speaker observed the modern world and the human society, he sadly found that nowadays people became more and more insensitive the richness of Nature. We see little in Nature. That is the reason why we can't hear the winds that are howling all the time and we can't see the beauty of the sea that opens his bosom to the moon.
Nowadays, those beautiful scenes from Nature are up-gathered like "sleeping flowers" because in modern people's point of view they are unmarked. The speaker comment on this phenomenon so he said that we are out of tune. This world is just like a "chorus". Human has its own position and responsibility for this world chorus, but now we are out of it. We can not hear the beauty and the harmony anymore.
Then, the speaker said that he would rather to be a pagan. Why did he say that? A pagan is a person who is not a believer in any of the chief religions of the world. Here, the speaker tried to make a comparison with the ancient people and modern people. Before human history began, the ancient people, they were pagans and they didn't know much about Nature, I mean from modern science point of view. Even though, they created so many legends and stories from their observations and awe to Nature. Compared with modern people, they feel that there is nothing magical and interesting in the world. They lost their senses and souls. The speaker mentioned about two characters in ancient mythology, Proteus and Triton. Proteus is a sea deity who has the power both of foretelling and of changing his shape at will and Triton is the trumpeter of the sea. In final four lines, the speaker wished to see these magic scenes that Proteus rises from the sea and Triton blows his wreathed horn. Only those ancient people can see them so the speaker retold his will to be a pagan.
This poem is a great example for the Italian Sonnet. It is easy to observe that this poem is divided into two parts, 8 sentences (called the octave)+ 6 sentences (called the sestet). In the first stanza, the speaker complained about the indifference of modern people to Nature and then in the second stanza, he suggested some possible attitudes that modern people should have. This is a common form in the Italian Sonnet, set up a problem in the octave and then try to solve it in the sestet. As to the rhyme scheme, the octave follows an "abbaabba" rhyme scheme and the sestet follows an "cdeded" rhyme scheme.