Wordsworth, born in his beloved Lake District, was the son of an attorney. He went to school first at Penrith and then at Hawkshead Grammar school before studying, from 1787, at St John's College, Cambridge - all of which periods were later to be described vividly in The Prelude. In 1790 he went with friends on a walking tour to France, the Alps and Italy, before arriving in France where Wordsworth was to spend the next year.
Whilst in France he fell in love twice over: once with a young French woman, Annette Vallon, who subsequently bore him a daughter, and then, once more, with the French Revolution. Returning to England he wrote, and left unpublished, his Letter to the Bishop ... more »
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- A Character
- She dwelt among the untrodden ways
- A Night-Piece
- The world is too much with us; late and ...
- A Night Thought
- It was an April morning: fresh and clear
- The Solitary Reaper
- A Complaint
- Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern...
- Calm is all nature as a resting wheel
- A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crag...
- A Whirl-Blast from Behind The Hill
- A Farewell
Quotationsmore quotations »
''The things which I have seen I now can see no more.''William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (l. 9). . . The Poems; Vol. 1 ...
''All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.''William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Lyrical Ballads, preface, 2nd edition (1801). This sentiment, which is a central tenet in Wordsworth...
''The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.''William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Lyrical Ballads, preface, 2nd edition (1801).
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