Federal G11 English Chapter 10 The World Is Too Much With Us

Class 11 English Notes for FBISE Chapter 10 The World Is Too Much With Us include solved exercises, questions, MCQs, important questions, grammar, Writing, and chapter overview.

Federal G11 English Chapter 10

Q.1) What is the theme of ‘The World is Too Much With Us?’ And how is it developed in the poem?

The theme of the poem rests on the bare fact that people of today are so much engrossed in their worldly affairs that they have no time to cherish the beauties of nature spread around them. The major theme is developed in the beginning that goes on till the end of the poem. The use of figurative language is skillfully employed by the poet that highlights the main idea that though nature is a source of spiritual pleasure but it is neglected by mankind due to rat race for material gains. 

Q.2) What is the tone of the poem ‘The World is Too Much With Us?’

The tone of the poem is quite sorrowful as the poet is feeling sorry for the nature that how it is being ignored by the man. He is worried about the insensitive nature of the people that how they are indifferent towards nature and have adopted materialistic approach. Wordsworth is pretty much dissatisfied by the loss of nature and human negligence towards the beauty of it.

Q.3) What has made people insensitive to the beauty of nature?

The materialistic approach towards life has made people insensitive to the beauty of nature. Man is too much busy in his own material world that he simply has no time for nature. People consider that their prime duty is just to work and earn money and they give secondary importance or even no importance at all to leisure time that is spent in nature. The same pain is also being felt by W.H Davies as he says in his poem ‘Leisure’ “A poor life this if, full of care. We have no time to stand and stare.”

Q.4) What literary devices has been used by Wordsworth that give richness to the meaning of the poem?

The literary devices that has been used by Wordsworth giving richness to the meaning of the poem are as under:
Personification: He has used personification as he says, ‘sea that bears her bosom to the moon’, ‘sleeping flowers’, ‘suckled in the creed outworn’, and ‘the winds that will be howling at all hours.’
Allusion: This literary device is used by Wordsworth as he has taken references from Greek mythology like Proteus and Triton.
Simile: The only simile used in the poem is that of ‘sleeping flowers.’
Assonance and Consonance: The device of assonance has been used in the line “Or hear Triton blow his wreathed horn” as the sound of /o/ is repeating. Similarly, consonance can be observed by the repetition of sounds /s/, /f/, and /t/.

Q.5) What is personification? Pick out some examples of it from the poem ‘The World is Too Much With Us.’

Personification is a type of metaphor and a common literary tool. It is when you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn’t human or alive, such as nature. Wordsworth has used personification in this poem at several places, for example:
1. Sea that bears bosom to the moon;
2. The winds that will be howling at all hours,
3. Sleeping flowers

Q.6) Write down the rhyme scheme of the poem “The World is Too Much With Us?”

The poem is comprised of two stanzas. The rhyme scheme of the poem “The World is Too Much With Us” follows ABBAABBA and in sestet part if observes the rhyme scheme of CDCDCD.


A. How does the poem ‘The World is Too Much With Us’ make you feel? Evaluate the effectiveness of the poem on you. Keep the following points while giving your personal response:
The first paragraph should include a thesis statement.
Use first person reference.
As Wordsworth conveys his thoughts to you in the present; you should also use present tense when speaking about the events in the poem.

While reading the poem, I feel sorry for the present day man as he has lost interest in the beauty of nature spread all around him. I feel that we should pay attention to the pain that the poet is experiencing due to insensitivity of man towards nature. I must agree to the fact that today’s man is completely obsessed with technology and is so busy in his progress that he has no spare time to stand and look around and admire the beauty of nature. I believe that if we really want to excel in life we should take refuge in nature from the busy, hectic, dull and boring materialistic life. This little activity of ours would definitely help us to relax from the pressures of daily activities. Hence, I must say that I too feel pity for such a busy life of man and want to give a sincere advice to all to take out time for leisure activity cherishing the natural beauty.

B. Paraphrase the following lines:

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 melees forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

The beauty of nature has no impact on the senses and emotions of present-day man. Oh God, I wish to be a Pagan who worships gods and goddesses. I have a desire to stand on the grassy platform to look at the ocean and witness Greek god Proteus rising from the sea and Triton blowing his wreathed horn.


Use dictionary to find meaning of the following words; identify the part of speech of the words through abbreviations used, and find guide and entry words.

optional instructionsindependentlytermsgenius
specimen  peers acceptableassignmentmental
WordsMeaningsPart of SpeechGuide WordsEntry Words
optionalnon-compulsoryadjectiveopposite option, optic etc.
instructionsorder, commandnouninspirationinspire, instruct, etc.
independentlywithout taking anyone’s helpadverbincurindecent, independence, etc.
termsphrase, idiomnountentacletenure, terminate, etc..
geniusbrilliant personadjectivegenerationgenerator, generous, etc.
specimensamplenounspecificationspecify, specificity, etc.
peersfriend, companionnounpedal, peel, etc.
acceptableallowableadjectiveaccedeaccelerate, accent, etc.
assignmenttasknounassistanceasset, assign, etc.
mentalpsychologicaladjectivemelonmenswear, menstrual, etc.

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