Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Hello, everyone. Well, we are at our end. 30 days of sonnets celebrating National Poetry Month brings us to my favorite sonnet that I've been using in my classrooms and citing in my writing for decades. I'm happy to end this journey by sharing William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us." As I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Celebrating Poetry in April: 13. Shelley’s “To Wordsworth”

Hello! Today's sonnet is by Percy Bysshe Shelley, titled "To Wordsworth." Everything about this poem seems like it is a celebration of life of the late poet, but Shelley wrote his poem in 1816, and William Wordsworth lived for another 30 years following the death of Shelley in 1822. So why the faux posthumous ode? … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 13. Shelley’s “To Wordsworth”

Celebrating Poetry in April: 7. Wordsworth’s Beauteous Evening

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's Day 7 of National Poetry Month. Today's sonnet is from William Wordsworth (yay!). It was written in 1802, and as I explain before I read the sonnet, it celebrates, quietly, the ceaseless existence of beauty in nature, accessible to us even when we are not yet ready to receive it. Enjoy. … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 7. Wordsworth’s Beauteous Evening

Slow Down: Abandon the Speed of Your Newsfeed

My newsfeeds on multiple social media sites stream by me at a too-fast rate, pushing news and updates across my screen faster than I can refresh them. Emails await my replies in an overflowing inbox, and text messages are still unanswered from last night. The world is too much with us.... wrote William Wordsworth in … Continue reading Slow Down: Abandon the Speed of Your Newsfeed