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Posted by Thomas S. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 10:00am.

We're reading "The World is Too Much with Us by Wordsworth. We have some questions to interpret-I understand about Wordsworth and his relationship and philosophy concerning nature but I'm just not sure after further research the answer to these two questions.
1. In the context of the poem, the words "we" and "us" refer to
a. Wordsworth and unanmed individuals
b.A persona lamenting his current situation
c.General population excluding Wordsworth
d.Unidentified group of people who have come to a sudden realization
I think Wordsworth included himself so I think the answer would be "a"
2.According to these lines, what has caused us to lose touch with nature:"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 hearst away, a sordid boon!
Possible answers:
a. Our focus on daily work we do to earn living
b.Desire to subdue nature and civilize it
c.Tendency to pollute nature
d.Unwillingness to look to nature as a source of inspiration
e.Lack of understanding of importance of nature
I know ths poem is about losing touch with nature because of our greed and materialism but the answers don't really fit-I'm thinking either it would be "a" or "d"
Any opinion would be appreciated-I've research the web, Utube, Sparknotes and various interpretations but it's the answers provided that are confusing me Thank you

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