The World Is Too Much With Us Summary & Study Guide

This Study Guide consists of approximately 16 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The World Is Too Much With Us.
This section contains 240 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The World Is Too Much With Us Study Guide

The World Is Too Much With Us Summary & Study Guide Description

The World Is Too Much With Us Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:

This detailed literature summary also contains Quotes and a Free Quiz on The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth.

The version of the poem used to create this study guide appears in: Applebaum, Stanley, editor. English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology. Dover Publications, Inc., 1996. Parenthetical citations within the guide refer to the lines of the poem from which the quotations are taken.

"The World is Too Much with Us" is one of William Wordsworth's most prominent works. The poem, an Italian sonnet, was first published in the collection Poems, in Two Volumes in 1807, and came primarily as a response by the poet to the First Industrial Revolution in England and the ensuing predominance of materialism that it brought to English society. The poem begins with the speaker criticizing the impacts of materialism on humanity, decrying the way in which it severs the ties between humans and nature. As a solution to this problem, the speaker suggests a turn toward Paganism as a means of reconnecting with nature, believing that placing one's faith in the divinity of the natural world is more conducive to inner happiness than material gain.

Typical of the Italian sonnet form, the poem is divided into two parts. The first eight lines, or octet, presents the reader with a problem, while the final six lines, or sestet, offers a solution to that problem. Wordsworth uses the form in order to call for social change and uphold his own ideals, specifically the value of a relationship with nature and the importance of moral contentment.

Read more from the Study Guide

This section contains 240 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The World Is Too Much With Us Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The World Is Too Much With Us from BookRags. (c)2021 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.