What is "The World Is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth about?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this poem, Wordsworth laments how we are completely out of touch with Nature and her great beauty and power.  We are so caught up in our own world, our own concerns, our own selfish pursuits, to notice anything about our divinity or the beauty that exists around us.  This is a major theme of a lot of his poetry; I have provided links to other poems below, so that you can see the common thread throughout them all.

Specifically, in this poem Wordsworth says that we are too concerned with money, that in "Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers".  We could be so in tune with ourselves, be so much more happy and powerful if we weren't so caught up in getting and spending money.  We are so caught up in it that "We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon"; our hearts are not ours anymore, a horrible fate.  He describes some beautiful scenes of nature but how "For this, for everything, we are out of tune", we cannot appreciate it.  He ends by saying that he would rather, even, be part of a pagan religion that worshipped the earth, or alive when the greek gods ruled the earth in conjunction with nature than to be left natureless and wrapped up in ourselves as we are now.

I hope that helps!

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