William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

William Wordsworth
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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 Returning to England he wrote, and left unpublished, his Letter to the Bishop ...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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  • ''The Child is father of the Man;
    And I could wish my days to be
    Bound each to each by natural piety.''
    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...
  • ''Imagination, which in truth
    Is but another name for absolute power
    And clearest insight, amplitude of mind,
    And reason, in her most exalted mood.''
    William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. The Prelude; XIV. Conclusion (l. 189-192). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-...
  • ''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 becomes
    A thousand times more beautiful than the earth
    On which he dwells,''
    William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. The Prelude; XIV. Conclusion (l. 448-450). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-...
  • ''My heart leaps up when I behold
    A rainbow in the sky:''
    William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold (l. 1-2). . . The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden...
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  • Muzahidul Reza Muzahidul Reza (11/4/2016 1:36:00 PM)

    Romantic & Nature poet of pantheism, bard of Oneness, successful career, ...........
    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way..................

  • Susan Crudge Crudge (5/19/2016 12:07:00 PM)

    Does anyone know the work which includes these lines While if good deeds...... , That may be longer than....., But if a year in trifles go, Perhaps we'd spend a thousand so? This is on a wedding invitation card I would love to find the whole work?

  • Denise Fuller (2/15/2016 4:16:00 PM)

    Anyone know what poem has the words: splendor in the grass, in it?

  • Anton K Anton K (11/5/2015 3:05:00 PM)

    The literary counterpart to John Constable.

  • bharatashree medar (5/1/2015 2:11:00 AM)

    Can i get whole poem set in pdf format???

  • Zoila T. Flores Zoila T. Flores (4/26/2015 3:52:00 PM)

    Well, this is a beautiful poem.

  • Panmelys Panmelys Panmelys Panmelys (4/7/2015 12:31:00 PM)

    Has a special memory for me as I won first prize for a painting of subject about the poem of Wordsworth Daffodils.
    All English school children learn this poem, and remains in the memory a lifetime. A great poet, no doubt, but some
    epics too long for today's world. Panmelys

  • Mehmet Turgut Mehmet Turgut (12/10/2014 4:29:00 AM)

    wonderfull poem, wonderfull poet

  • Othman Marzouq (12/8/2014 1:52:00 AM)

    My favorite poet among romantic poets

  • Ramya Ramya Ramya Ramya (7/19/2014 4:45:00 AM)

    simply superb..... this poem should be taught or atleast known to all literature students den only the beauty of a poem wil be known to all....

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Best Poem of William Wordsworth

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils)

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I ...

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