NCERT Textbook: Poem 5 - The World is too Much With Us Class 11 Notes | EduRev

English Class 11

Class 11 : NCERT Textbook: Poem 5 - The World is too Much With Us Class 11 Notes | EduRev

 Page 1


The World is too Much With Us 117
The World is too
Much With Us
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!
The 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.
5
Pagan: a person whose religious beliefs do not belong to any of the main religions
of the world.
Proteus: a character in Greek mythology who had the gift of prophecy but who,
when questioned, would assume different shapes to elude their grasp.
Triton: a sea-deity in Greek mythology, who is generally represented as blowing
a shell, his body above the waist being that of a man, below it of a dolphin.
`
2019-2020
Page 2


The World is too Much With Us 117
The World is too
Much With Us
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!
The 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.
5
Pagan: a person whose religious beliefs do not belong to any of the main religions
of the world.
Proteus: a character in Greek mythology who had the gift of prophecy but who,
when questioned, would assume different shapes to elude their grasp.
Triton: a sea-deity in Greek mythology, who is generally represented as blowing
a shell, his body above the waist being that of a man, below it of a dolphin.
`
2019-2020
118 Woven Words
ABOUT THE POET 
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) spent most
of his life in the Lake district of northern
England, and the many hours that he spent
wandering about the hills and woods led to the
production of some of the finest poetry on
nature. His work Lyrical Ballads, co-authored with
Coleridge in 1798, is regarded as the beginning of the
English Romantic Movement.
He selected subjects from nature and rustic life. He held
the view that the language of poetry should be simple and
natural.
UNDERSTANDING THE POEM
1. Why does the poet prefer to be a primitive Pagan rather than a
member of civilised society?
2. What, according to the poet, are human beings out of tune with?
TRY THIS OUT
? Compare the organisation of this sonnet with that of the sonnet
by William Shakespeare.
SUGGESTED READING 
1. ‘To the Cuckoo’ by William Wordsworth
2. ‘The Solitary Reaper’ by William Wordsworth.
2019-2020
Read More
Offer running on EduRev: Apply code STAYHOME200 to get INR 200 off on our premium plan EduRev Infinity!

Related Searches

video lectures

,

practice quizzes

,

Extra Questions

,

shortcuts and tricks

,

NCERT Textbook: Poem 5 - The World is too Much With Us Class 11 Notes | EduRev

,

pdf

,

MCQs

,

Previous Year Questions with Solutions

,

past year papers

,

Summary

,

ppt

,

Exam

,

Sample Paper

,

Viva Questions

,

NCERT Textbook: Poem 5 - The World is too Much With Us Class 11 Notes | EduRev

,

study material

,

Free

,

Important questions

,

Objective type Questions

,

NCERT Textbook: Poem 5 - The World is too Much With Us Class 11 Notes | EduRev

,

Semester Notes

,

mock tests for examination

;