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lifeinlove | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:03 AM via web

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What kind of analysis does each author use in the poems "The World Is Too Much with Us" by Wordsworth and "God's Grandeur" by Hopkins?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM (Answer #1)

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In these two poems, the poets discuss the same theme but undertake their discussions, their analyses, if you will, from very different aspects. Wordsworth approaches his analysis of humans' greed and materialism from the viewpoint of angry condemnation. He expresses his displeasure in dwelling amongst those for whom the "world is too much with" them. In contrast, Hopkins approaches his analysis of humans' greed and materialism from the viewpoint of beging understanding and compassion. He expresses his belief that God will enlighten humans and that love of God will survive greed.

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. (Hopkins)
 
Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,... (Wordsworth)

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