The World Is Too Much with Us by William Wordsworth

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

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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 dramatic situation in the poem, the definition of dramatic situation confronts:  "A dramatic situation is a situation, in a narrative or dramatic work, in which people (or "people") are involved in conflicts that solicit the audience's empathetic involvement in their predicament." (http://www.k-state.edu/english/baker/english320/cc-dramatic_situation.htm).  Using this understanding, the dramatic situation in the poem is the confrontation between our relationship to materialism and the beauty of the natural world.  The poem embodies this conflict at several points in the poem outside of the opening line.  Notice in lines 2-4, there is the conflict of what we do as humans as having little to do with the natural state of beauty.  In line 8, the poet says highlights the situation by suggesting the very nature of conflict, in his noting that "we are out of tune."  These lines indicate that the dramatic situation is the disjointed relationship between human beings' desire for materialism and a lacking appreciation of nature.

The theme of the poem is rooted in this, but is different. A "theme" is defined as " is the general idea or insight about life that a writer wishes to express" (http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/theme.html) .  The theme of the Wordsworth poem is that human beings need to pay more attention in revering the beauty of the natural world.  We can see this in the lines that indicate how artistically and poetically profound the natural world is.  The last four lines of the poem indicate this idea, almost to the point where the speaker...

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