the World Is Too Much With Us


"The World Is Too Much with Us" is a sonnet by the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads.

A sonnet is a poetic form which originated at the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in Palermo, Sicily.

Understanding "The World is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth by SixMinuteScholar


In it, Wordsworth criticises the world of the First Industrial Revolution for being absorbed in materialism and distancing itself from nature.

The Industrial Revolution, now also known as the First Industrial Revolution, was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe and the United States, in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.

Materialism is a form of philosophical monism which holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions.

Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe.

Analysis of The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth by Daniel Lim


Composed circa 1802, the poem was first published in Poems, in Two Volumes.

Poems, in Two Volumes is a collection of poetry by English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, published in 1807.


Like most Italian sonnets, its 14 lines are written in iambic pentameter.

Iambic pentameter is a type of metric line used in traditional English poetry and verse drama.

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