What are the themes of  "The World is Too Much with Us"?

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The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.—Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

Wordsworth's main point in this poem is that we have gotten too busy to enjoy nature...we grow away from our roots and nature which renews us when we give way to our busy lives.  Today, with the internet, cell phones, texting, laptop computers, and other technology, we are growing even further from nature.  We don't take time to "smell the roses" or just "be" amidst trees, grass, and flowing brooks. We build parking lots over fields once full of fragrant flowers, and bulldoze trees in order to build high-rise apartments.  Wordsworth's message is still clear:  we need to find our center and balance our spiritual and emotional selves with our world of work and family.

Good Luck!

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