Critical Analysis Of 'The World Is Too Much With Us'

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The World is Too Much With Us is a sonnet written when Wordsworth was 32 years old and is the perfect example of his message about the insensibility of man towards the beauty of nature. Written when the Industrial revolution was at its peak, it appears that to him, the world known to man is of too much beauty to be understandable by his fast moving pace and attachments to materialism; “Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” This extract can be construed as men not admiring the magnificence of nature and also ignoring their inside blossoming naturalness. Wordsworth critiques human beings as being passive to the beauty of the sea, the reflection of the moon and the sound of the wind while losing…show more content…
By the same token, Keats is another fan of Nature, which is why he belongs to the Romantic period. He wrote on “the beauty of nature, the relation between imagination and creativity, the response of the passions to beauty and suffering, and the transience of human life in time” (Sparknotes Editors). Although his poems were not well received during his short lifetime, he is now referred as one of the most beloved of all English poets due to his significant influence across literature and popular culture. Similarly, according to G.C. Hough (Editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica), Keats is an important poet of the Romantic period due…show more content…
Here, in the opening lines of the poem, one can feel the conflict of the poet who is in a state of drowsiness “a drowsy numbness pains” as if drugged, addressing a nightingale about the reasons of its happiness “being too happy in thine happiness” The nightingale which can be seen as an image of freedom and eternal life “immortal bird”, appears to be a gateway through which the poet wants to experience pure bliss. The poet wants to get drunk “O, for a draught of vintage”, to be able to take him away and disappear from this world and further comes to criticise the nightingale as he “… never known, the weariness, the fever, and the fret”. All the hardships of man in this gloomy world “Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies” are unknown to the bird. In this poem, it feels like the only way for the poet to be free is to be carried “viewless wings of Poesy”. The Keatsian argued that a major concern in "Ode to a Nightingale" is “Keats's perception of the conflicted nature of human life, i.e., the interconnection or mixture of pain/joy, intensity of feeling/numbness of feeling, life/death, mortal/immortal, the actual/the ideal, and

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