Lalalala asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 10 years ago

Metaphors in 'The world is too much with us" by William Wordsworth?

I can't find any metaphors in this poem, and the best I've done is a simile on lines 6-7. If you could help me it would be greatly appreciated.

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 wreathed horn.

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  • libby
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    10 years ago
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    This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon, ...this is both metaphoric and personification.

  • 10 years ago

    the world is too much with us = cheos

    late and soon getting and spending = materialistic tendancies

    we lay waste our powers = we dont show our true values

    little we see in nature that is ours = the world is apart of us but we destroy it because we are blind

    we have given our hearts away, a sordid boon = selling our souls for profit with denile

    this sea the boosom of the moon = the moon cotrols the ocean by magnetic pull

    the winds that will be howling = a lasting storm is coming (mabye global warming)

    and are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers = the storm is here to stay (doom)

    for this, for everything, we are out of tune = the the world is crashing (e.g. the ocean current, ice age, unpredictible weather, confused seasons)

    it moves us not = we dont listen

    great god id rather be = we think we are in control (polotics rule us for money and we accept it)

    a pagan suckled in creed outwarn = pulled out of our habitat

    so might I, standing on this pleasant lea = us living in comfort

    have glimpses that would make me less forlom = thinking What if??

    have sight of proteus rising from the sea = a tidal wave coming for us

    or hear old triton blow his wreathed horn = death

    http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides3/WorldIs... ------- it shows what it means here, after i went through it myself lol

    Source(s): that is my thoughts anyway, its quite convinsing its wortna shot huh, sounds like the whole poem is about global warming
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