“The World is Too Much with Us…”

“Late and soon”, then and now, any which way you look at it, in many parts of the world, technology is taking precedence over connection to nature (which sustains us behind the facade of technology).  Wordsworth noted this back around 1802 when he wrote this sonnet criticizing the world that was evolving as a result of the First Industrial Revolution.  He feared the absorption in materialism and the subsequent distancing from nature. Wordsworth’s poem emphasizes what is lost through this disconnect.


The World is Too Much with Us
by William Wordsworth
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!
This 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;
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 wreathèd horn.
Do you recognize the disconnect from nature in your own life today?  How is it affecting you personally?  Have you written about it?  Take some time away from technology and reflect on this in your journal.
Then, go out and smell the roses!
Cosmic Roses.2017

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