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The World Is Too Much with Us by William Wordsworth dramatizes the conflict between humanity and nature particularly how society is more interested in material goods than appreciating nature The speaker is standing on a cliff looking out to sea and thinking about how society is obsessed with acquiring possessions and making a profit He suggests that society is not in sync with nature therefore humanity has lost their souls The speaker suggests that he would prefer to be A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn than a materialistic follower of Christ line 10 In his way the poet is articulating that humanity needs to reconnect with nature so we can find solace The poem is a Petrarchan sonnet The poet decided to write this in the form of a Petrarchan sonnet because a Petrarchan sonnet is typically about love This poem is about the poets love for nature The poem is mainly written in iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of abbaabbacdcdcd The poem begins by the poet articulating how the world has been overwhelmed by humanity in the past and will continue to be so in the future The first line in the octave The world is too much with us late and soon is written in normal iambic pentameter line 1 However there is a caesura before the last foot of the line This caesura gives emphasis to this phrase and provides some variety of structures throughout the poem The word with is implying that humanity is part of the problem and is meant to exist with nature The next line Getting and spending we lay waste our powers is suggesting that by only being concerned with material goods we are abusing nature by not using our gifts to improve nature line 2 Both getting and spending are trochaic feet Wordsworth uses this type of metrical form to imply a connection between the words and to make them
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