Environmental Crisis Exposed in The World Is Too Much With Us and God's Grandeur
In his poem, "The World Is Too Much With Us," William Wordsworth blames modern man of being too self-indulgent. Likewise, Gerard Manley Hopkins shows how the way we treat nature shows our loss of spirituality in his poem, "God's Grandeur." We are ruthless by lacking proper appreciation for, being separated from, and abusing nature.
Man lacks proper gratitude for nature. People often are blind to nature's great beauty. "It moves us not," says Wordsworth. Many people never see a sunrise or a sunset because we are too concerned with the hustle and bustle of our tiny worlds to appreciate the opulence around us. We don't recognize the creation that God has bestowed upon us. In his poem, Hopkins shows how the Earth is God's creation: "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." He asserts that God's work is still to be seen in nature. We don't always realize that we get all of our wealth from nature. We often forget that "little we see in nature is ours." Even our bodies are part of nature. In the Bible, it says that we were created from the dust of the Earth. Full appreciation is not always shown for the Earth, making us cruel to nature.
Many individuals are alienated from nature. They are separated from nature because of the deep transformation of the landscape. There are few natural things left in landscape. "The soil is bare now, nor can foot feel being shod." Hopkins uses this line to explain how out of touch man is with nature. We cannot even feel the ground under our feet because of the shoes we wear. Mankind also fears nature. We are afraid of "The winds that will be howling at all hours," asserts Wordsworth. We fear anything we cannot control. Nature is a prime example of something of which we do not have power over. We also take animals for granted. We believe that they were created ultimately for our use. Wordsworth goes as far as to wish he was "A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn." Pagans often use animals as their gods. Woodworth thinks that if we were all pagans, we would truly respect the Earth and everything upon it. Our alienation from nature makes ...