Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE WORLD; SONNET, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

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THE WORLD; SONNET, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The world is too much with us: late and soon
Last Line: Or hear old triton blow his wreathed horn.
Variant Title(s): Rather A Pagan;worldliness
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Melancholy; Men; Nature; Paganism & Pagans; Social Protest; Estrangement; Outcasts; Dejection

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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