William Wordsworth

Poet, Author

1770 – 1850

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Who was William Wordsworth?

William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads.

Wordsworth's magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semiautobiographical poem of his early years which he revised and expanded a number of times. It was posthumously titled and published, prior to which it was generally known as "the poem to Coleridge". Wordsworth was Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.

Famous Quotes:

  • This city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent bare, ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie open unto the fields and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
  • For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.
  • 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.
  • I am already kindly disposed towards you. My friendship it is not in my power to give: this is a gift which no man can make, it is not in our own power: a sound and healthy friendship is the growth of time and circumstance, it will spring up and thrive like a wildflower when these favour, and when they do not, it is in vain to look for it.
  • When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude.
  • In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind.
  • Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. The soul that rises with us, our life's star, hath had elsewhere its setting, and comet from afar: not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.
  • Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
  • She seemed a thing that could not feel the touch of earthly years.
  • Neither evil tongues, rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men, nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all the dreary intercourse of daily life, shall ever prevail against us.

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Born
Apr 7, 1770
Wordsworth House
Also known as
  • Wordsworth
  • Wordsworth, William
Siblings
Religion
  • Anglicanism
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • St John's College, Cambridge
  • Hawkshead Grammar School
  • University of Cambridge
Employment
  • Poet laureate, Government of the United Kingdom
    (1843 - 1850/04/23)
Lived in
  • Grasmere
Died
Apr 23, 1850
Cumberland

Submitted
on July 23, 2013