Questions and Answers for The World Is Too Much with Us

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the theme of the poem "The World is Too Much With Us"?

In "The World is Too Much With Us," the speaker laments the loss of man's intimate connection to the natural world in the wake of industrialism and a greater desire for worldly success. When...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 12:34 pm UTC

4 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the "sordid  boon" in Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us?"

"We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!" The sonnet is obviously saying that most of us, or many of us, including the speaker himself, presumably Wordsworth, have become so involved in...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2014 6:46 pm UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

The World Is Too Much With Us Literary Devices

In "The World is Too Much With Us," Wordsworth uses a number of literary devices to reinforce his key ideas. The setting of the poem, for example, is important because it creates an idyllic and...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2016 10:00 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

"I'd rather be a Pagan suckled in a creed outworn." What does this line mean and what is it exactly the speaker does...

Wordsworth laments modern man's separation from the natural world. He understands the rapid industrialization taking place in his time period as alienating humans from nature. He decries the...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2017 6:18 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

Please explain these lines from "The World Is Too Much With Us": The winds that will be howling at all hours, And...

The speaker appears to be standing by himself looking out at the ocean. The line preceding the three you have quoted should also be included in this explication. This sea that bears her bosom to...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2014 10:11 pm UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the meaning of the beginning phrase "The world is too much with us" in the poem "The World is Too Much with...

When Wordsworth says that "The world is too much with us," he is setting "the world" in opposition to to other sources of value, which he regards as more meaningful. Although Wordsworth's religious...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 2:40 am UTC

4 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What romantic traits do we find in Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much With Us"?

Romanticism as an artistic and literary movement began in the late eighteenth century and continued until the mid-nineteenth century. The beginning of the Romantic Movement in England is said to be...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 3:40 am UTC

4 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the difference between dramatic situation and theme in "The World Is Too Much with Us" by William Wordsworth.

Although the theme and dramatic situation in "The World is Too Much With Us" are close to one another, there is some significant divergence between the two. Initially, when looking at the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2009 5:43 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What does the poet mean by the expression"We are out of tune" in Wordsworth's"The World Is Too Much With Us"?

This is one of Wordsworth's most explicit statements comparing man's preoccupation with his economic status and his consequent failure to perceive what is really important--nature and all it...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 10:52 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

What does 'sleeping flowers' signify in the poem The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth?

The section of the poem where the "sleeping flowers" appears is a point where Wordsworth employs a series of natural images that are designed to bring to light all of what is being missed when one...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2009 7:34 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Who were Proteus and Trito, as referenced in Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us"?

William Wordsworth's sonnet "The World is Too Much with Us" meditates on the way the modern world (early 1800s) is overly commercialized, causing humans to become separate from nature. Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 8:35 pm UTC

4 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is meaning of the line " for this, for everything we are out of tune''??

The speaker of the sonnet is standing on a promontory looking at the ocean. He sees the beauty of "This sea that bares her bosom to the moon" and that of "The winds that will be howling at all...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2012 7:34 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

What does Wordsworth mean by "the winds that will be howling at all hours"?

Wordsworth is talking about how the wind sounds: he says it howls. While the words are self-explanatory, the context needs to be explained. Wordsworth is saying in this sonnet that modern humans...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2019 8:02 pm UTC

3 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

In "The World Is Too Much With Us," what are the glimpses that make the poet “less forlorn”?

This poem, a sonnet by William Wordsworth, fits into the Romantic tradition and utilizes numerous tenets common to Romantic literature: classical allusions, a personification of the natural...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018 5:04 pm UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

How would you characterize the poem's level of diction?

Diction is very important in poetry because it creates tone or mood, and the language of poetry is typically relatively condensed (as compared to prose). In Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much With...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 9:56 pm UTC

3 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

Why do you think the speaker would "rather be / A Pagan" in "The World is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth?

Consider the title of the poem. Wordsworth is saying that humans perceive the world as human-centered. In other words, people focus too much on themselves and on human culture itself. We focus more...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 1:06 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the meaning of "The world is too much with us" by William Wordsworth?

Wordsworth was a foreward thinking, already noting the "revolution" that was happening as industrialization swept through England. In the late 1700s, the mechanization of many production...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2008 1:47 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

The World Is Too Much With Us Summary

I can answer this not line by line, but every couple/few lines . And keep in mind this was written in 1807, NOT in this day and age. Looking at it now we could really tie in a lot of technology...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 11:44 pm UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

Identify the meter and rhyme scheme of "The World is Too Much With Us," by William Wordsworth. I am leaning towards...

In all his poetry, Wordsworth strives to reach out to the ordinary people. His individuality and style had purposeful intent and he sought nothing less than the revitalization of poetry and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2012 11:04 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Why does the speaker, presumably Wordsworth, wish to remain a pagan?

Wordsworth does not say he would like to remain a pagan but that he would rather be a pagan than be a materialistic modern man without any religious belief, engrossed in making money and buying...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2014 5:54 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What does Wordsworth have in mind by ''the world'' in line 1 of "The World Is Too Much with Us"?  

Wordsworth is thinking of the materialistic and self-centered attitudes and activities of people in the "world" that he refers to in the opening of his poem. He is making the point that people miss...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 3:19 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

In "The World is Too Much with Us," what is too much with us?

“Late” refers to the most recent past and the present. “Soon” is the future. Wordsworth’s theme or warning here is that in recent and future times, it seems that humans have lost touch with nature...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 5:00 am UTC

3 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the universal theme of "The World Is Too Much With Us"?  

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! The universal theme...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013 10:31 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

In the poem "The World Is Too Much with Us" is the speaker standing on the "lea," or does he just wish he were? The...

The lea, on which the speaker is clearly standing, is the focal point from which his observations emanate in William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much with Us." For, it is from this point that...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 11:44 pm UTC

3 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the most significant theme that "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and "The World Is Too Much With...

William Wordsworth’s poem “The World Is Too Much With Us” scolds mankind for ignoring nature and placing too much emphasis on his own society. Instead of communing with nature, man is only...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2013 2:30 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Compare and contrast the structure and poetic elements of Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much with Us" and Gerald...

The chief comparisons between the two lay in (1) the subjects (nature) and (2) the poetic form (sonnets). Both subjects address the lamentable power of riches and enterprise--in a world of greed...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2013 3:39 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

How does Wordworth make use of syntax in his poem "The World Is Too Much with Us"—and for what purpose?

To answer this question, we should first look at the definition of syntax. It is defined as... ...the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words. In simple terms, the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2013 1:03 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

In "The World is Too Much with Us," what are the negative aspects of the world according to Wordsworth?

The "world" in this poem is presented by Wordsworth in overwhelmingly negative terms. His central argument in this poem is that we have given ourselves over to the world to such a degree that we...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 4:35 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

In "The World is Too Much with Us," what are the positive aspects of the world according to Wordsworth?

William Wordsworth criticizes the modernization of the world and humanity's increasing infatuation with consumption and materialism. The speaker feels that humans have lost touch with nature and...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2017 10:50 am UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013 9:43 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

The poem "The World Is Too Much with Us" is a sonnet divided into an octave and a sestet. Where does the sestet begin?

Concerning your question about Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much With Us," there's more to determining an octave and sestet and studying how the poem works than just counting lines. In fact, in...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

2 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the theme of the poem "The World Is Too Much with Us, Late and Soon?"

One important theme in this poem is the movement of the human race away from its spiritual history and towards modern living. The author sees modern ideas as more shallow, despite their...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 6:07 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Describe the Poet's attitude toward the growing materialistic tendency of man in "The World Is Too Much with Us."

Composed during the turn of the nineteenth century, William Wordsworth's sonnet "The World Is Too Much with Us" quite clearly illustrates the author's disdain for materialism through his use of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 11:00 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the antecedent for "It" in line 9 in "The World Is Too Much with Us"? a) Boon b) Nature c) spending

The antecedent for "It" in line nine of Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us" is, in general, nature. Specifically, the "It" refers back to "The Sea" in line five and "The winds" in line...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2011 11:27 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Who is the speaker in this poem? Is he the writer himself? 

This poem by William Wordsworth speaks to the same longing, the same desires, as virtually all of his other poems, so it is safe to see the first person narrator character as Wordsworth himself....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 5:48 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

According to line 2, with what activities are people preoccupied?  

William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us" laments the disconnect between humanity and the natural world that surrounds it. The poem begins in the following way: The world is too much...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 10:23 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Why and how does Wordsworth look upon nature as a power that exerts a humanizing influence on man in "The World is...

In this sonnet, Wordsworth's speaker pits nature against civilization. He states that we lost something when we turned away from nature in pursuit of money and profit. The "world" that is "too much...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Describe the structure of “The World Is Too Much with Us.”

“The World Is Too Much with Us” is an Italian sonnet. These sonnets are also termed Petrarchan sonnets. Ensure you understand the format of a typical Italian sonnet. As with other sonnets, it...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 11:07 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Is the poem syntax conventional, or are words arranged in unexpected order?

The structure and syntax of Wordsworth is a bit on the unconventional side. It seems as if the poem itself is a type of reflection and pensive understanding about the condition of human beings...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 8:29 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the main theme of Wordsworth's poem "The World is too Much with Us"?

In Wordsworth's sonnet "The World is Too Much With Us," the narrator contrasts a way of living that is close to nature with a way of living that centers on materialism. He calls the materialist way...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018 4:39 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

With reference to the poem "The World is Too Much With Us," justify the claim that Wordsworth was a poet of nature.

In "The World Is Too Much With Us," William Wordsworth establishes his reputation as a poet of nature by focusing on the distance with which humankind has removed itself from nature. Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 2:15 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

According to the speaker in" The World Is Too Much With Us," for what have we "given our heart away"?

Essentially, the speaker, presumably Wordsworth, is lamenting a social condition that is predicated upon wealth acquisition and conformity. In this setting, the speaker believes that individuals...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2010 7:28 pm UTC

3 educator answers

The World Is Too Much with Us

In Wordsworth, "The World is Too much with Us" Journal Questions. Why does the speaker feel frustrated and impatient...

An English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth bemoans the materialistic society that has lost touch with the natural world. Now they are almost captives of this world of materialism, having lost...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2011 4:08 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

In "The World is Too Much with Us," with what are we out of tune?

This poem is above all a lament at the way that mankind has given himself over to the cold-hearted, mercantile pursuit of possessions and wealth. Wordsworth begins the poem with expressing how sad...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 4:18 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Please explain the first 12 lines of the poem '' The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon'' in detail?

This poem is a signature piece for Romanticism – a plea to turn away from human enterprises, commerce (“Getting and spending”), materialism, etc., because it alienates us from, and weakens our...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013 12:15 am UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the theme of William Wordsworth's poem "The World Is Too Much with Us," and what other poem can you suggest...

William Wordsworth’s poem beginning “The world is too much with us” laments the alienation of human beings from the beauties and power of nature. Although the poem opens by stressing that humans...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 12:13 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

In Wordsworth's poem, "The World is Too Much With Us," it is probable that Triton's horn is "wreathed" with: a)...

In William Wordworth's poem, "The World is Too Much With Us," the reader is bombarded with images of nature. This is not a surprise as Wordsworth was one of the two first-generation Romantics,...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2011 8:29 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

The poet says that we are not moved anymore. What, according to him, should have moved us?

In short, William Wordsworth thinks that we should be moved by nature and that we are not anymore. Although the title/first line of the poem is ambiguous, all possible interpretations of it lead to...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 4:25 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

What is the theme of "The World Is Too Much with Us," and what other poem can you suggest that shares the same theme?

This is a difficult question. It seems doubtful that there would be othre poems that carry the same theme as Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much with Us." In this poem, Wordsworth laments the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 1:39 pm UTC

1 educator answer

The World Is Too Much with Us

Who was Proteus?

Proteus is an ancient Greek god of the sea and rivers. Specifically, according to legend, he holds domain over “sea change," sometimes referred to as water boundaries or the tides, but in general...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 9:56 pm UTC

1 educator answer

Showing 1-50 of 62