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WORDSWORTH: William 1775-1850

Born: 7 April 1770 Cockermouth, Cumbria, England
Died: 23 April 1850 Rydal Mount

William and his siblings were orphaned at a young age. His experiences in the French Revolution ignited his interest in the plight of the ‘common’ people. His work The Prelude is a autobiographical exploration of his personal spiritual journey and is considered to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. Sadly this was never acknowledged during his lifetime as it was published posthumously.

”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.” WW
Selected Bibliography
Wordsworth wrote nearly 400 poems

POETRY (* Famous poems)

* An Evening Walk: The young lady to whom this was addressed was my sister
* Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey: Five years have passed, five summers
* Upon Westminster Bridge: Earth has not anything to show more fair
* Daffodils: (I wandered lonely as a cloud)
* London 1892: Milton! Thou should’st be living at this hour:


Prose Works
Literary Criticism
Letters of Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Letters of the Wordsworth Family
Prose Works
The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth


Essay Upon Epitaphs (1810)