Analysis Of The Poems Of William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth is widely considered one of the most influential
English romantic poets. In the preface of his book, Lyrical Ballads,
published in 1798, Wordsworth declared that poetry should contain language
really used by men. This idea, and many of his others, challenged the old
eighteenth-cuntury idea of formal poetry and, therefore, he changed the
course of modern poetry (Wordsworth, William DISCovering).
Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, England, to John, a prominent
aristocrat, and Anne Wordsworth, but with his mother's death in 1778,
William and his family began to drift apart. William was sent to boarding
school in Hawkeshead, and his sister, Dorothy, was sent to live ...

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William DISCovering).
Wordsworth went to college at St. John's College in Cambridge and
later wrote that the highlight of those years was his walking tour of
France and Switzerland taken with his friend, Robert Jones (Watson 1421).
He graduated in 1791 when the French revolution was in its third year, but,
even though he had showed no prior interest, he quickly supported the
Revolution's goals. After Wordsworth was forced to flee France he became
involved with the studies of philosopher William Godwin; Godwin became one
of the most inveterate influences on Wordsworth's thought ("Wordsworth,
William" Compton's). In 1793 Wordsworth published his first two volumes
of poetry, Descriptive Sketches and An Evening Walk. Written in the
traditional manner, the books were not accepted well publicly, but, after
the death of a relative Wordsworth became the benefactor of a small
inheritance which enabled him to concentrate on writing ("Wordsworth,
William" Compton's).
Feeling that ...

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on adult outlooks, this is seen best in the famous quote,
"The child is father of the man (Watson 1423)."
Wordsworth continued to write during his later years, but his
career is generally viewed as a decline after 1810 (Watson 1423). In 1814
he wrote The Excursion and The Poems, in 1815, came the three narrative
poems: "The White Doe of Rylstone," "Peter Bell," and "The Waggoner."
Yarrow Revisited and Other Poems, written in 1835, and The Sonnets of
William Wordsworth, written in 1838, were both accepted well publicly and
Wordsworth's sonnets were compared with those of Shakespeare and Milton
(Wordsworth, William DISCovering). He was given honorary degrees from
the University ...

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