I need help to write journal about “The World is Too Much With Us,” by William Wordsworth
When you write it please answer these questions:
1. Try to figure out the meaning of the poem.
Ask yourself questions like: What happens in the poem? What is the poet trying to say? How forcefully does he/she say it? Which lines bring out the meaning of the poem? Note that the last lines of a poem are usually important as they either emphasize or change the meaning of the poem. In a sentence or two, write in your own words what you feel is the meaning of the poem.
2. Imagery is a common technique used by poets to get their meaning across.
Ask yourself: Which images have been chosen? Are they all related? Is there one overall image or are several different images used? What feeling is given by which image? Evaluate the poet’s images.
3. Look for symbols.
The poet may use images that suggest certain concepts like love, youth, and death. What meaning do these symbols contribute, and how effective are they?
4. Look at the poet’s choice of words.
The poet’s choice of words is usually very important. Try to determine why the poet used particular words and whether or not these words stand out. Determine how these particular words contribute to the meaning of the poem. Look for words that are repeated. What effect does this add to the poem?
5. Determine the voice and tone of voice of the poem.
Who is the narrator? What is the poet’s mood (angry, regretful, suicidal, ardent.) What words or images bring out this mood?
6. Determine if the poem has a storyline.
Ask yourself: Are there conflicts? Are these conflicts resolved? Are the characters shown fully or in part? What role do they play? Does suspense play a part? In your opinion, does the poem have a storyline?
7. Look for a rhyme scheme.
Does the rhyme scheme have any significance? Does the rhyme scheme draw attention to certain words or ideas? Is the poem in free verse (without a rhyming scheme)?Does the poem have a rhyme scheme? If it does, what is it?
8. Determine the poem’s structure.
Is it in regular stanzaic form (two or more equal clusters of lines) or irregular form? If irregular, why?
9. Determine the poem’s type.
Is the poem a lyric? A sonnet? A narrative?