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All of the following lines from “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” contain images suggesting light except for
“Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The speaker of “The World Is Too Much with Us” believes that if he were a pagan, he would be
more responsive to nature
The imagery in “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” appeals mainly to the sense of
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;
Lines 1-8 of “The World Is Too Much with Us” express the speaker’s
dissatisfaction with the ways of the world
In “The World Is Too Much with Us,” what accounts for people’s being “out of tune”?
their over-involvement with economic aspects of life
Two kinds of images predominate in “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”: images suggesting movement and those suggesting light.
Identify some of each type of image.
What is their effect upon the mood of the poem?
The following lines contain images suggesting movement: a. “I wandered lonely as a cloud / That floats on high o’er vales and hills,” b. “A host, of golden daffodils; / . . . / Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” c. “Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.” d. “The waves beside them danced; . . .” e. “And then my heart with pleasure fills, / And dances with the daffodils.” The following lines contain light a. “Continuous as the stars that shine / And twinkle on the milky way,” b. ” . . . but they / Outdid the sparkling waves in glee;” c. “They flash upon that inward eye” Students’ answers should reflect the understanding that the movement and light imagery help to create a mood of a. lightheartedness. b. optimism. c. gentle bliss.
Identify two figures of speech from the poem, and analyze how they contribute to the poem’s tone, emotion, and meaning.
The sea baring its bosom to the moon in line 5 gives the poem an ecstatic, romantic feeling and contributes to a tone of lyrical rapture. This figure of speech expresses what the speaker longs for, what he feels modern life has given up. He says that people see little that is theirs in nature, but evidently he sees nature and sees it beautifully as in the comparison of the wind to sleeping flowers in lines 6-7. This figure of speech builds on previous ones and creates a mental picture of a seascape at night, with the speaker viewing it “on this pleasant lea.” The speaker both admires the scene and wishes he could be more completely swept up by it. Soon after these wonderful images, the poet adds, “It moves us not,” which seems contradictory and turns the tone bitter.
In “The World Is Too Much with Us,” people are “out of tune” with
In “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” the speaker views being alone as