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Wordsworth

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Transcript of Wordsworth

ENGLAND'S BEAUTIFUL LAKE DISTRICT
Childhood Home
Hiked/Lived there in adulthood
Best Known Works
"
The Tables Turned
" (
1798
)
nature teaches more about humanity and beauty than books
Early Life
Inspirations: Nature & Family
Impact on the Modern Age
According to Wordsworth -
the countryside belongs to everyone
must be conserved and protected.
Common Subjects in Common-Speak & Impact
Best Known Works
message -Music
music creates emotions;
music stirs memories

Wordsworth's work advocated
-
speaking of common things, using common language
Example: the "Preface" to the 1800 Edition of the
Lyrical Ballads

"Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tinturn Abbey" from
Lyrical Ballads
(1798)

Lyrical Ballads
- product of collaboration with friend,
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

THEME -

the importance of Nature to heal:
mankind's souls
society suffering from urban living

“Though absent long,
These forms of beauty have not been to me,
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet [.]”
Best Known Works
William Wordsworth
TRAVEL
toured France, Swiss Alps
witnessed the French Revolution
St. John College in Cambridge, England - 1787-1791.
Hawkshead Grammar school - 1779 -1787
18th CENTURY POET - LAUNCHED THE "ROMANTIC" ERA OF POETRY
the Lake District National Park of England was established in 1951.
"I Wandered as Lonely as a Cloud" (1815)
Connection with Nature = Knowing One's Role in the Universe
Humans - ruin this knowledge with their impulse to know more
Political Influences

FRENCH INFLUENCES
The French Revolution
French woman, Annette Vallon
led to love of democracy in youth
DOROTHY - HIS SISTER
emotional support
love of nature
nurtured William's creativity
enhanced his appreciation of nature
WALKING TOUR OF SWISS ALPS
ignited his imagination
inspired work like
The Prelude
, "Book Six: Cambridge and the Alps"

describes his college days in Cambridge
his summer escape -walking in the Alps.
reflects Wordsworth's youthful hatred of monarchy and repression
ANGLO-FRENCH WAR in 1793

inspired his "Letter to the Bishop of Llandaff"
Published until 1876, 26 years after his death.
“Having thus explained ...why I have chosen subjects from common life, and endeavoured to bring my language near to the real language of men, ...”
Wordsworth’s work
-
set the genre on the course for the Romantic Age
refocused society’s attention upon nature and its benefits

Evidence of his Impact on Literature
Frankenstein! Mary Shelley quoted, “Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tinturn Abbey”
Contagious preoccupation with Nature - Mary Shelley caught it

Born April 7, 1770
rural Cumberland, England's Lake District
\
Died April 23, 1850
EDUCATION
CHILDREN
Caroline - illegitimate
by French Annette Vallon
5 more by Mary Hutchinson
wed 1802
the national parks, in England and the U.S.
Wordsworth's poetry prompted the creation of:
"
The Solitary Reaper" (1807)
inspired by 1803 tour of Scotland
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