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

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Actually the poem gives no positives about the "world" as it is presented in the poem. However, we need to be careful how we define the word to begin with. Wordsworth is using the word to refer to the world of material things or possessions, that, according to him, we have sacrificed our values and our connection to gain. Note how the "world" is described:

The world it too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers

According to Wordsworth, then, pursuit of the "world" alone has caused us to "lay waste our powers" and give ourselves over completely to the material acquisition of things and money. The poem therefore represents a rejection of such pursuits, which, in Wordsworth's opinion, is profoundly negative as it distances us from Nature and makes us "out of tune."

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