The World is Too much with Us
When we read this poem, we can find it is an organized form. Because
it is a type of poem called a sonnet. Its form is 4,4,4,2. The first and
second stanzas are all AB rhythm, and the third is CD rhythm.
In the first stanza, the speaker describes the people's values to the
nature in the modern world. The speaker complains the people in the modern
world too much concern their living and material environments. With Industriad
Revolution, our living standard is getting better, we almost can get everything
that we want. People is all engaged in their life, and their only wish
is make a fortune. So people start to ignore and away from nature, even
if destroys nature. With industrialization, people's relationship is getting
worse, it seems that everyone has a wall in their mind. It also leads to
everyone has a sense of isolation. This is the side effect of industrialization.
So the speaker uses the sentence "We have given our hearts away, a sordid
In the second stanza, the speaker images of sea, and winds. From this
stanza, we can know the speaker shows his imagination to the nature. We
can feel that he wants to approach nature. The last line of this stanza,
the speaker uses "We are out of tune." I think the speaker wants to say
that we are all out of nature, we can't get rid of nature to live, and
he wants everyone who lives in modern world could notice this point.
In the third stanza, the speaker wants to come back the past, it is
very important that he uses pagan to stand for himself. Because other people
like to live the modern world expect himself, just like a pagan. The speaker
would rather live in the past than live in the modern world. He don't want
to the world will change. Maybe other people don't agree him, but he still
insists that people should live in nature. So he describe himself just
like a pagan suckled in a creed outworn.
In the last stanza, it sketches the feeling we return nature. The speaker
uses Proteus and Triton to symbol that only return our original place,
we can get really happy, just like the fish can't live without water.
From this poem, we could know, although, modern world is more convinent,
and brings us more adventure, but we can't forget nature. In order to earn
more money, most people destroy forest, rivers, mountains¡K but these
action all reflect our selfish! This poem suggests that we should pay more
attention to nature and approach nature, not just living in the city. When
we connect the power of nature, we can clean our mind, and acquaint the
peace in our mind, and get really happy, not material delights. This poem
and another poem I Wandered lonely as A Cloud are all concern about nature.
They all emphasis that when people join with nature, people can get really
delight. We can find evidences from the last two poems, thinking about
if we are really happy in the modern world?