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William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth is the most famous Lake Poet. Everyone knows his poem

Daffodils. This Wordworth's poem made the Lake District famous.


He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1843.

William Wordsworth was, without doubt, the most influential Lake Poet. William Wordsworth & his sister Dorothy befriended Samuel Taylor Coleridge and this friendship produced a surge of creative energies & synergy resulting in the creation of Lyrical Ballads which started the English Romantic Movement.


Lyrical Ballad opens with Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and ends
with Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey".


As Wordsworth lived very close to Coleridge, they able to spend much time together enjoying & writing about the beauty of the Lake District.


William Wordsworth was born 1770 in Cockermouth, in the North West part of the Lake District. He attended Grammar School in Hawkshead, a beautiful village close to Lake Windermere.


Afterwards, Wordsworth went up to St. John's College in Cambridge where he flourished in the classical cultural environment. After graduation, he visited France where he fell in love & sired a daughter Caroline out of wedlock. Wordsworth's romantic poem "It is a beauteous evening, calm and free," was also 'born in this period.

After marriage with Mary Hutchinson, Wordsworth settled in Dove Cottage Grasmere where he created some of his best work.


William Wordsworth's masterpiece is The Prelude - described as the crowning achievement of English romanticism.


William Wordsworth ended his days on April 23, 1850 in the beautiful surrounds of Rydal Mount Rydal Mount, in the heart of the Lake District, between Ambleside and Grasmere.





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