Three Messages from The World Is Too Much with Us by William Wordsworth

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The poets who belong to the Romantic time period largely focus their poetry on nature. Mainly, their focus is to criticize the new society and their loss of respect for nature. These poets have a great appreciation for nature and would like to move away from advancing technology and go back to the simple ways of life were simple things are more greatly appreciated by society. In an article the following is stated, “What we have to be aware of is the literal level of truth that Romantic poets are trying to tell. Wordsworth wanted to see into the life of things. Things, even the lowliest, had life” (Tom O’Brien, James Allen). These poets had a great respect for even the smallest things in nature that most of the time that go unnoticed daily. Their main concern became the rapid shift in lifestyle during their lives; this rapid shift is well known as the industrial revolution. The Industrial Revolution began in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, societies within Europe and then American then shifted from rural to urban: this industrialization shifted to special-purpose machinery, large factories and of course, mass production (History Staff, Industrial Revolution). Life then became suddenly racing toward a different style moving away from things like farming, to working in factories and living in urban areas. Many romantic poets wrote about their deep dislike of this shift in lifestyle and its negative effects on the appreciation of nature. Their messages in the poetry they write were closely related to society’s disrespect of nature, and by reading their poetry no reader is able to escape this observation. In The World is Too Much with Us by William Wordsworth, Wordsworth identifies three messages with correlation to nature; the ma...

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