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

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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 the publication in 1798 of the Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Romanticism offered a rebellion against rationalism and emphasized emotion, imagination, individualism, spontaneity, and an appreciation for natural beauty.

In the poem "The World Is Too Much with Us," we find rejection of the rational, ordered, and materialistic contemporary society, with its emphasis on the importance of finances. Instead, Wordsworth emphasizes the romantic trait of appreciation of the beauties and wonders of nature. He displays romantic individualism in his declaration that he would rather be pagan than lose his attachment to the glories of nature.

By "the world," Wordsworth means the material, financial world of "getting and spending." He emphasizes that this causes us to "lay...

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