How Romantic does it feel to you? Why?
THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US, LATE AND SOON,
by W. Wordsworth, 1802.
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 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; 10
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
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- Elfried Mélina – Do some research about W. Wordsworth. What makes his life interesting? What is his nationality? How is the writing context different or similar to American romanticism context?
- Angèle – Which kind of poem is The world is too much with us ?
(Hint: count the number of lines, and look at the rhyme scheme)
- Laetitia & Sabine – Find examples of the following essentially romantic characteristics in Wordsworth’s poem:
- Nature as an emblem of God or the divine
- Celebration of the beauty and spiritual values of the natural world.
- Manon & Camille – Wordsworth defined poetry as the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,” intense “emotion recollected in tranquillity.” Find textual examples from The World is too much with us that apply to this definition.
- Léia – The poem is to a high extent structured in contrasts. How ?
- Arquette – How do these contrast create the central theme and message of the poem ?
- Tyler Claudia – What is the central theme and message of the poem ?
- Lili & Joy – In your opinion, does the poem – its theme and message – have any relevance today ?
- Alycia & Priscilla – How does W. Wordsworth romanticism compares with American romantic poetry? Some critics have said that British Romantics were ‘darker’ than American romantics. Explain in what way.