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The World Is Too Much With Us; Late And Soon

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The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune,
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
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Marisa Campagna 25 February 2012

The elements used to identify the Romantic poetry is the nature quality. The rhyme scheme is ABBAABBA.

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Stephen W 04 July 2015

Duh... first half is abba, second goes to abab.

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Michael Vinning 26 January 2007

A good friend of mine in Brooklyn recommended I read this poem; it seems he knows me better than I thought, I'll never tell though! My days spent inside, alas, the bread must be won! My afternoons/evenings/nights....spent at the helm of this maddening technology....when will I ever stop and smell the roses....when will ever stop and lay eyes upon such a gem? ? Never...tomorrow? ? ...Today! ! ! !

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Andrew Hoellering 10 August 2009

‘Getting and spending we lay waste our powers’ is one of those lines that is impossible to forget, as is ‘For this, for everything we are out of tune.’ Wordsworth is referring to nature –see also his poem beginning ‘Earth hath not anything to show more fair’, which describes his own full-hearted joyous response to an early morning view of London. The present sonnet asks why others are unable to share his all-consuming passion for natural beauty. His answer is that we expend all our energies on those ultimately meaningless routines necessary for making a living, and for this we pay a heavy price -‘It (nature) moves us not’. The reference to our Greek heritage is brilliant as it links past and present. We must get our priorities right if we are to satisfactorily answer the ultimate devastating question, ‘ And what did you do with your life? ’

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Daphne Grant 20 March 2006

This is so true today, so much time watching TV is stolen time, there is no time to stand and stare.

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Bjpafa Meragente 05 December 2020

Almost all poets, rather, almost Us educated and also Us, uneducated, are fascinated by mythology and its relations with Woman and Man, Emoticons as deceit, envy, passion, rage, revenge, love and suffering... If it was a painting trending, what would mythology be? All those mysteries, all interlaced paths, all being we.

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Dr Antony Theodore 21 November 2020

The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! The great Wordsworth

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Suryendu Chaudhury 01 October 2020

The nature is the nature that nature dominates through nature.

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Ramaswamy Gopalakrishnan. 30 September 2020

Wordsworth stands for worthy words.It is a gift of him to possess such a poetical verve to pen beautiful poems based on his philosophical thoughts, eulogising Nature.Every narrative tends to visualise his imagination.He is truly a Great Poet!

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John Agandin 25 October 2019

A great composition of the connection between man and nature. It is impossible not to fall in love with it.

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