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Poem Analysis: The World is Too Much With Us (Grades 11-12)

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Poem Analysis: The World is Too Much With Us

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.
The poem "The World is Too Much With Us" was written around the time of the Industrial Revolution.
Based on the poem, was the author likely a fan of the Industrial Revolution>
  1. Yes
  2. No
Which choice best describes the rhyme scheme of "The World is Too Much With Us"?
  1. iambic tetrameter
  2. dactylic pentameter
  3. trochaic tetrameter
  4. iambic pentameter
In the poem "The World is Too Much With Us," which choice best represents the speaker's opinion?
  1. Humans have exploited natural resources.
  2. Humans are out of sync with nature.
  3. Humans need to spend more time sleeping.
  4. Humans spend too much money.
In the poem "The World is Too Much With Us," the speaker says that humans
  1. have created indoor gardens and no longer need to plant outdoor gardens.
  2. focus too much on their imaginations and don't spend enough time in the real world.
  3. have developed new technologies that could change the way they see the world.
  4. spend too much time in their own world, rather than studying the outside world.
In the poem "The World is Too Much With Us," the speaker longs for
  1. a simpler time.
  2. the child he lost.
  3. someone to love.
  4. a warm spring breeze.

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