Wordsworth's Poetical Works

"We have given our heart away- a sordid boon"-What is 'a sordid boon' referred in Wordsworth's "Thw Worls Is Too Much With Us"?

Explain the phrase 'sordid Boon'

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“Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”

Here he makes a statement that has been the cry of many over the centuries. We let our progress take away the wonders of nature to the point we don’t notice it. This does sound like a country boy. The word ‘boon’ means advantage, or benefit. By putting the words sordid and boon together, he is plainly saying that it is a disgusting or distasteful benefit. These two words cancel out each other in a division which puts our hearts at risk of losing our love for the simple and natural.



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It means we have given away our hearts in nature(sordid boon)


Its money-oriented