Explore the concerns Wordsworth expresses about his contemporary society in The World Is Too Much With Us and Composed Upon Westminster Bridge.

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Explore the concerns Wordsworth expresses about his contemporary society in ‘The World Is Too Much With Us’ and ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’. In ‘The world is too much with us’ Wordsworth explores the idea of Man being ‘out of tune’ with nature due to our obsessive pursuits for material goods. This, highlighted by the French revolution, has been a huge cause for concern for Wordsworth’s contemporary society. Wordsworth’s angry and sarcastic tone adds to this concern. This contrasts with ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ which illustrates the idea that when we account for nature, it can coexist with man. In ‘the world is too much with us’, nature is contrasted with the materialism of contemporary society, and because we are constantly ‘getting and spending’, we have become ignorant and oblivious to the richness of nature. The opening line suggests that the ‘world’, referring to everyday concerns such as material possessions and social position mean too much to us, therefore resulting in our disconnection with nature and the divine. Wordsworth highlights how, although it is the French revolution that has highlighted the problem, it is something that is ‘late and soon’. Nevertheless, in ‘composed upon Westminster Bridge’, the argument posed in the octave is ‘the earth has not anything to shew more fair’. This is elaborated in the rest of the poem. Wordsworth’s immediate reaction is that the observer must be touched by a sight ‘so touching in its majesty’, and the first three lines have been assigned to this. Wordsworth portrays the idea that if man can walk past the city without stopping to take it in, ‘dull would he be of soul’, which compares to mankind in ‘the world is too much with us’. In the fourth line of ‘composed upon Westminster Bridge’, Wordsworth incorporates a simile; ‘the city now doth like a garment wear’. This, ultimately, compares

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