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Subject The World
Posted by Cindy
Posted on Tue Dec 15 20:55:47 1998
From IP c445-54.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

The world is too much with us.
The poem talks about the modern world and the nature. The author was born in 1770 and dead in 1850. It was the time when human being was experiencing the significant milestone :industrial revolution.; Factories were setting up here and there. There were not too many people caring about the nature. Pastoral inhabitants urged to big cities and held the hope of making fortune. People・s value judgement was changing fast and violently. To a lot of people in that time, money was the most important thing. It was a material world. It might be what the author wanted to express.
:The world is too much with us; late and soon,; the speaker might think that it・s not so important whether we are in the world or not. No matter now or in the future. :Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;; :Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours;; People always got and then spent them without any feeling and affection. They just lay there and let their powers, the nature, go away. Because of the zeal of pursuing fortune, people have lost the sense of appreciating and cherishing the nature. So that we see little in Nature. We cannot see the beauty and the importance of nature. We forgot what nature gives us. :We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!; People have abandoned their precious hearts, what they could use to feel nature indeed. They did that maybe they thought their hearts are sordid gift. :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,; According to the speaker・s description, we could see the picture clearly. The sea spreads endlessly under the soft beams coming from the moon. She bares her bosom to the moon. It seems like the sea shares everything to the moon like close friends. The sentence gives the kind of feeling that everything in the nature is so peaceful and harmonious. There・s no quarrel and fight. The winds that will be howling at all hours. The speaker suggests that the wind should be howling originally but now it does not. However, the sea and the wind are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers. Maybe they are waiting for the time to blossom. Maybe they have lost their power because human being have ignored them. :For this, for everything, we are out of tune; It moves us not.; We are out of tune; we are out of natural tune; we are doing what are abnormal. We cannot feel nature with our real hearts anymore. :-Great God! I・d rather be A pagan suckled in a creed outworn,; The speaker cries out :Great God!; it sounds like he has suffered so much pain and turn to God for help. He would rather be a pagan suckled in a creed outworn. The creed outworn should be the great respect of nature. Because most people in the author・s time recognize that material was more important than nature. The speaker・s thought is so special and different among them. That・s why he called himself :a pagan.; It・s really a word contains a lot of pain and sadness. However, the speaker could do nothing about this situation. :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.; The speaker describes the lea as pleasant. That tells us that he regards nature as something nice. Even much more that money or other material thing. The speaker longs to behold the scenery of nature that would make him feel less forlorn. He night feel loneliness among people lived in the same times with him because of different value judgement. He also thinks of nature his good friends that could accompany him. The speaker hopes to see the god of sea, Proteus, rising from the sea or hear the old Triton blow his wreathed horn. Those gods of sea may represent the power of nature. It might indicate that he hopes to see nature is emphasized one day.
The poem is one of sonnet. We can see it has fourteen lines clearly. The rhyme scheme of the poem is :a b b a a b b a c a d a d a.; It・s arranged regularly. The end rhymes are : soon/boon/moon; ours/hours; lea/sea; outworn/forlorn/horn; powers/ours/ hours/flowers. There are some assonance: too/soon; boon/moon. Consonance: getting/spending. Exact rhyme: soon/boon/moon; ours/hours; lea/sea; outworn/forlorn/horn. Slant rhyme: powers/ours/ hours/flowers. The rhythm of the poem, to my way of thinking, is kind of sad and lonely. It fits the content and what the author wants to express.
The poem really gives us something to think about. What・s we have got in the modern world. What・s we have lost at the same time. People always look forward but little look back. However, only when we look back on our past we could know what・s we have lost now. Though advanced technology and culture bring human being better life, nature is related to us familiarly forever. Throughout nature, we could know what・s life in another way.


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