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The world is too much with us

Wednesday 30 July 2014, 18:11

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers


If you have vague memories of the ‘getting and spending’ poem that David saw on the SAVE website – or if it’s new to you – we thought you might appreciate reading the whole thing. William Wordsworth wrote it in 1807 as a criticism of the way in which Britain was losing touch with nature as it industrialised.


Plus ca change, some might say..


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.


Keri Davies in an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

More about the poem from Wikipedia

Listen to In Our Time on Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads

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