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William Wordsworth wrote a poem called The World is Too Much With Us In this poem Wordsworth gives a warning to his generation This warning is that they are losing sight of what is actually important in this world nature and God To some people both of these are the same thing As if lacking appreciation for the natural gifts of God is not sin enough we add to it the insult of pride for our rape of His land With his words Wordsworth makes this message everlasting Let us look at the first four lines of the poem 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 As I read this four things come to my mind materialism wastefulness selfishness and the lack of respect for life ie prostitution murder abortion If you think about the time period that this was written and today are these things not truer today than they were when they were written In todays culture are we not a society of use what you want and waste what you dont consume When reading the third line of this poem the idea that we are raised in a society that says I am not a part of nature and that all my needs do not mix with the idea of nature comes to my mind In the following versus form The World Wordsworth gives life to nature through his words and explains to us natures agony and pain 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 We do not listen for we are not in tune with nature We are not in tune because we are too
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