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 Returning to England he wrote, and left unpublished, his Letter to the Bishop ...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
- A Whirl-Blast from Behind The Hill
- Calm is all nature as a resting wheel
- It was an April morning: fresh and clear
- A Night Thought
- The Solitary Reaper
- A Complaint
- The world is too much with us; late and ...
- A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crag...
- Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern...
- A Farewell
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''The Child is father of the Man;William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold (l. 7-9). . . The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden...
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.''
''Imagination, which in truthWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. The Prelude; XIV. Conclusion (l. 189-192). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-...
Is but another name for absolute power
And clearest insight, amplitude of mind,
And reason, in her most exalted mood.''
''The child is father of the man.''William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold (written 1802, published 1807).
''Instruct them how the mind of Man becomesWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. The Prelude; XIV. Conclusion (l. 448-450). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-...
A thousand times more beautiful than the earth
On which he dwells,''
''My heart leaps up when I beholdWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold (l. 1-2). . . The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden...
A rainbow in the sky:''
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