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|The World Is Too Much with Us - by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
In the industrial and commercial society, science and technology are so advanced. New things are produced quickly and many things become old right away. So on the first line the speaker says " late and soon ". I think the speaker thinks that the society is a material society because of the two words " getting and spending ". The whole society provides so many things for us that we don't cherish them. We just receive these convenient and new products, use them and then throw away. If they are not sufficient and then we get more. The whole actions in our daily life are " getting and spending ". Little by little, we are submerged by these matter and we lose abilities of thinking and acting just as the speaker says " lay waste our power ". In order to get more material things and fulfill our desire, we sell our soul and our hearts are not truthful but un-fresh. This is what the speaker says on the 4th line. And in this kind of society, the speaker describes Nature as sleeping flowers which are unconscious. But I think it may be appropriate to describe these flowers as people. As I said before, sleeping flowers don't have consciousness just as people care about the material society without being aware of the existence of Nature.
On the 8th line, the speaker says " we are out of tune ". It means in the society, all we touch is material things and we neglect Nature. We can't listen to Nature, even are hard to connect with it. So on the last four lines, the speaker describes Nature scene and the sea gods to show that actually, he would rather there are not so many modern things but he wants to touch with Nature. In the world, all material things don't have life; only the creatures in Nature are vital. So I think the speaker uses sea gods as human beings to present the vitality of Nature.
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