Feb 22, 2021
Because reading is interpretation, The Well Read
Poem aims to teach you how to read with understanding!
Hosted by poet Thomas Banks of The House of Humane Letters,
these short episodes will introduce you to both well-known and
obscure poets and will focus on daily recitation, historical and
intellectual background, elements of poetry, light explication, and
Play this podcast daily and practice reciting! The next week,
get a new poem. Grow in your understanding and love of poetry by
learning how to read well! Brought to you by The Literary Life Podcast.
Poem begins at 3:28.
The World is Too Much with Us
by William Wordsworth
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.