The World Is Too Much with Us by William Wordsworth

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

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In "The World Is Too Much With Us" Wordsworth laments the way in which modern-day commercial society has eaten away at man's soul, turning him into little more than a consumer of goods obsessed with "getting and spending".

As a Romantic poet, Wordsworth believes that creation is an organic whole in which man and nature are joined together as one. In becoming more worldly, in allowing our whole identities to be determined by the values of industrial capitalism, we are separating ourselves from what we really are. Instead of the headlong pursuit of wealth and goods, we should concern ourselves with remaining in close communication with nature, living in harmony with our natural surroundings.

Yet modern man has become out of tune with nature, and Wordsworth is keen for him to reestablish that broken connection, to revitalize his corrupted soul, even if it means adopting a kind of pagan mindset.

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The theme of "The World Is Too Much with Us " is that humankind has forsaken the soul and...

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