What are positive and negative aspects of the world according to Wordsworth in "The world is too much with us"?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Wordsworth's poem, the primary level of focus is to create a vision of how conformity can be emotionally deadening.  The mere title would convey this.  In the opening lines, there is the direct insinuation that formalizing one's own sense of identity to the general population can limit the sensation of experience and emotional frame of reference that would help to define one another.  The "waste" of action in line two and the mourning for "what is ours" in the next one indicates that should one decide to conform and surrender their own individual voice, great loss results.  The subsequent lines help to bring forth a vision of how individual reverence of the natural setting and movement away from a conformist one can help to reveal experiences and epiphanies that can bring meaning to consciousness.