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Life and Works of William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth •William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770. •He is a English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English Literature with the publication of Lyrical Ballads. •Wordsworth's masterpi
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William Wordsworth
•William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770.
•He is a English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English Literature with the publication of Lyrical Ballads.
•Wordsworth's masterpiece is generally considered to be The Prelude.
•Wordsworth was Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death.
Cumberland
Early Life
He is the second of five children born to John Wordsworth and Ann Cookson.
William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 in Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumberland.
Wordsworth's father rarely taught him poetry, including that of Milton, Shakespeare and Spenser, also allowed Wordsworth to use his own library.
. After the death of their mother, in 1778, John Wordsworth sent William to Hawkshead Grammar School in Lancashire.
He had already learnt to read and write in a small school in Cockermouth when his mother was alive.
It was at the school that Wordsworth was to meet Mary, who would be his future wife.
William Wordsworth with his wife
Wordworth House
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First publication and Lyrical Ballads
The year 1793 saw Wordsworth's first published poetry with the collections An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches.
He received a legacy of £900 from Raisley Calvert in 1795 so that he could pursue writing poetry
That year, he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Somerset. The two poets quickly developed a close friendship.
Together they produced Lyrical Ballads (1798), an important work in the English Romantic movement.
Wordsworth's most famous poems "Tintern Abbey"was published in the work, along with Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner".
The second edition, published in 1800, had only Wordsworth listed as the author.
The volume gave neither Wordsworth's nor Coleridge's name as author.
Life and Works of William Wordsworth
Autobiographical work and Poems in Two Volumes
Wordsworth had for years been making plans to write a long philosophical poem in three parts, which he intended to call The Recluse.
He had in 1798–99 started an autobiographical poem, which he never named but called the "poem to Coleridge"
In 1804, he began expanding this autobiographical work.
By 1805, he had completed it, but refused to publish such a personal work until he had completed the whole of The Recluse.
The death of his brother John affected him strongly. In 1807, his Poems in Two Volumes were published. Two of his children, Thomas and Catherine died.
The following year, he received an appointment as Distributor of Stamps and the £400 per year income made him financially secure.
Books by William Wordsworth
The Prelude (1805)
Poems in Two Volumes (1807)
The Excursion (1814)
Laodamia (1815)
White Doe of Rylstone (1815)
Memorials of a Tour of the Continent (1822)
Yarrow Revisited(1835).

The Borderers
From 1795 to 1797, he wrote his only play, The Borderers.
It was a tragedy set during the reign of King Henry III of England when Englishmen of the north country were in conflict with Scottish rovers.
Wordsworth attempted to get the play staged in November 1797, but it was rejected by Thomas Harris, theatre manager becuause he thought it was impossible that the play would succeed in the representation.
The play was not published until 1842
King Henry III
The Poet Laureate and other honours
Wordsworth received an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from Durham University, and the same honour from Oxford University.
The government awarded him a civil list pension amounting to £300 a year.
With the death of Robert Southey Wordsworth became the Poet Laureate. He initially refused the honour but later on agreed.
When his daughter, Dora died, his production of poetry came to a standstill.
William Wordsworth's Death
William Wordsworth died by worsening a case of pleurisy on 23 April 1850, and was buried at St. Oswald's church in Grasmere.
His widow Mary published his lengthy autobiographical "poem to Coleridge" as The Prelude several months after his death.
Though this failed to arouse great interest in 1850, it has since come to be recognized as his masterpiece.
Poems by William Wordsworth
Simon Lee
The Tables Turned
Lucy Gray
Daffodils
The World Is Too Much with Us
Three years she grew
1)When was Williams Wordsworth born ?
7 April, 1770
2)Where was Wordsworth born ?
Cumberland
3) What was Wordsworth from 1843 until his death.
Britain's Poet Laureate
4) After the death of Wordsworth's mother, where was he sent?
Hawkshead Grammar School
5) How much money did William receive from Raisley Calvert and Why?
He received £900 from Raisley Calvert so that he could pursue writing poetry
6) Who was William's friend? Where did he meet him?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He met him in Somerset
7) Name some books by William Wordsworth.
8) Which book shows a tragedy set during the reign of King Henry III of England.
The Borderers
9)Which was a long philosophical poem in three parts?
The Recluse
10) Where was Wordsworth buried?
St. Oswald's Church
11) Name some poems by Wordsworth.
Simon Lee
The Tables Turned
Lucy Gray
Daffodils
The World Is Too Much with us
Three years she grew
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