Journal:The World Is Too Much with Us

PosterĄG Julie Cheng at 23:58:46 12/3/97 from

Actually, I'm quite confused with the three poems. I guess I don't get them. The poem "The World Is Too Much With Us" is a little bit easier than the rest two (to me), so I choose this poem to analyze.
The title of this poem shows the feeling of the speaker. He seems tired and can't bear the world anymore. I don't know exactly why he'll feel this way, but I can make some guesses. People live in such a capitalistic, industrial and material world that makes us lose our contact to nature little by little. Human beings should breathe with nature and bathe in it. We are born from her, so we can live without her. And eventually, we'll die in it. Even human beings are head of all creatures, we should still respect nature and never lose our harmony with it.
The first line says that the world has been changed so much that people can't bear it anymore. In line 2 to 4 we can receive some messages from the speaker. In this materialistic, industrial, capitalistic modern world, people lose the given energy and powers. Although we enjoy the convenience of modern life, we have been losing much more than we've gained. Nature seems far from us. We've been deserted and isolated form her warmth, protection and nurture. We lose sense of direction in this chaotic world. We should be led by nature and live in her, but since we ignore her and leave her. Modern people blindly chase after fame, wealth, better life or something else, and forget their real needs.
In line 5 to 7 we can find the beauty and the power of nature which is personalized by the speaker. He says, "we are out of tune;" we lose touch with nature and are far away from the harmony with her. We are no longer touched by all the miracles created by nature. We "real cold" --- living creatures without feelings and gratitude! The rest of the poem describes how ancients created a colorful mythology out of their awe of nature, When the speaker stand on the lea, he feels pleasant and less forlorn, because he is close to nature and bathe in her warmth. We shouldn't believe only scientific events, but also miracles of nature, which may not be proved forever. We should be more sensitive and appreciate the treasure of nature, and we can harmonize with her.
This poem is a sonnet. It is composed with fourteen lines that are iambic. According to the definition in the handbook, I think this poem is an Italian sonnet. The octave rhymes abbaabba (a is /un/ and b is /aurs/) and the sestet rhymes cdcdcd (c is /i/ and d is /orn/---actually not this /o/, but I can't find the right symbol in my computer).


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