“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.”William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth is one of the most beloved poets of all time. Born in Cumbria, England in 1870, he lived during the Romantic Period of literature. His love of nature inspired many of his poems, even as the French Revolution influenced him to come to terms with the realities and ills of society and life.
William Wordsworth enjoyed walking and would take pen and scraps of paper with him to record ideas for poems. According to Thomas de Quincey, English writer, essayist, and literary critic, William Wordsworth walked an estimated 180,000 miles during his lifetime, strolling around his beloved Lake District. His walks at night set tongues wagging in his community and some thought that he might be a spy for the French Government.
Join me in reciting, “The World is Too Much With Us” by William Wordsworth.
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.