William Wordsworth - The World Is Too Much With Us
Hmm, neither of today's Wordsworth entries really did all that much for me. In this entry, Wordsworth's isolation while looking out at the sea makes him question the society in which he lives, which is common enough. But I don't know ... nothing here really moved or intrigued me. His desire to live in a pre-Christian Britian, as Paglia deciphers, is something that should interest me, since I tend to be excited by something that questions organized religion in any way, but, it just didn't happen.
Some of the wordplay revealed by Paglia, such as "spending" being a term for ejaculation is informative, but I guess having not had much of a reaction to the poem already, it's too little too late.
William Wordsworth - Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Slightly better than its predecessor in this volume (faint praise, I realize), this Wordsworth poem is something with which I felt more kinship. In his ability to see a different side of the city with which he often has enmity, seeing it possessing its own beauty, Wordsworth shows he is open to question his own beliefs. He is able to look past his prejudicial view of the city and find its own poetry singing out to him. He seems the city and the country as part of one tapestry.
Paglia goes into detail about his "you are there" nature of this poem, titling it where it was conceived and written. His ability to be surprised brings a small spark of joy to the proceedings.