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William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet, most famous for Lyrical Ballads, cowritten with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
1770 – 1850
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet. He is most famous for Lyrical Ballads, With Few Other Poems (1798) which he co-wrote with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Wordsworth grew up in the Lake District, and it had a profound influence on him and his poetry. He went to Hawkshead Grammar School and St John’s College, Cambridge, and after leaving university he travelled to France, where the Revolution had begun. He was converted to the revolutionary cause, and in his autobiographical work, The Prelude, he recalled the hopes of a new world that the future seemed to promise. He died on the 23rd of April 1850.
Read about the poetry of William Wordsworth in A Little History of Poetry by John Carey or check out more Remarkable People from Little Histories!
A Little History of Poetry
A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is la …
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