How many stanzas are there in "The World is Too Much with Us?

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The poem is an Italian sonnet, written as one 14 line stanza.

The sonnet uses one stanza with a break in line 9.

           It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be

 The lines are not divided into different stanzas here, and they still remain in the same line despite the break, which is given with punctuation.

The first four lines follow the abba pattern (soon, powers, ours, boon).  The next four lines do as well (moon, hours, flowers, tune).  The pattern then follows with two sets of cde lines normally, but in this case Wordsworth decides to rhyme every other line (cdcdcd).

Although the poem is short, and only one stanza, Wordsworth is able to say much about the human condition and how we view ourselves.  Know the rules, and then break them.

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