Thursday, April 7, 2022

Apr. 7: William Wordsworth, English poet


William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet. With Samuel Taylor Coleridge (who contributed only four poems, about a third of the book's length), he helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads, an attempt to make poetry accessible to the average person through verse written in common, everyday language. But his magnum opus is The Prelude, a semi-autobiographical poem from his early years (though revised and expanded a number of times). The title was given after his death; until that time it was referred to as "the poem to Coleridge." Aside from these, his Poems in Two Volumes contained such famous works as "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" and "Ode: Intimations of Immortality." Wordsworth was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1843 until his death.


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