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Subject The world is too much with us
Posted by Angela
Posted on Tue Dec 15 11:20:12 1998
From IP c550-17.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

The poem "The world is too much with us" seems to express that nowadays in the modern society most people lose their relationship and connection with Nature. Almost everything, which surrounds us, is artificial, not natural. The more advanced technology is, the less opportunity human beings have to connect with Nature. Owing to this, people's affection and need towards Nature is no longer the same like the ancient people. People who lived in the ancient times have very close relationship with Nature. At that time people have to get everything of eating, clothing, living and transporting from Nature with their hands. Comparing to them, the modern people rely on many technological products very much in their daily life. It seems that everything is so convenient and perfect in the surface. Actually this means that people lose their primitive ability of living in Nature without any technological products. They also lose their affection and appreciative ability towards Nature. For instance, in order to eat cooked food the ancient people try to bore wood to get fire. On the contrary, the modern people just have to press a switch or use a lighter, and then they will get fire to cook food. So there is a big difference between the ancient and modern people. The speaker feels sad about the sense of estrangedness between Nature and the modern people. The third line said, " Little we see in Nature that is ours." It points that the modern people fascinate with technological products and seldom feel the beauty of Nature, which fills around us and is the most precious thing in the world. Perhaps the reason is that Nature can be touched and found everywhere, so it is not so precious and significant to the modern people. Technology can bring convenience and prosperity, but Nature is only the purest thing. Too much technological products only can bring disasters. I think it's as if some people worship products with famous brands nowadays. People change their concept of value about things. The speaker doesn't want to be this kind of people. So he prays to God that he'd rather a Pagan suckled in a creed outworn. A Pagan symbolizes that a person has courage to seek for his dream and religion and dares to be different even though he may suffer some difficulties. The speaker also feels sad about the sense of distance between people. And this will lets people feel lonely and forlorn. So does the speaker. He thinks that Nature can let people feel warm and happy. So he would rather stand and bathe in Nature to feel the beauty and warmth of it. The rhyme of this poem is "abbaabbacdcdcd." According to the information in the web site, the form of this poem is the sonnet. There are two parts in this poem, including the first eight lines and the late six lines. The poem was written in 1807. So I don't know if the poet's view is the same as I write above. If it is, I think this is a pretty good poem for us to think.

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