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									April 7, 1770 –
April 23, 1850
   In 1798 Wordsworth, with Samuel Taylor
    Coleridge, took generations of assumptions
    about the proper style, words, and subject
    matter for a poem and calmly put them aside

   in the preface to Lyrical Ballads (1802), he said,
    “”There will…be found in these volumes little
    of what is usually called poetic diction; as
    much pains have been taken to avoid it as is
    ordinarily taken to produce it.”
   Gone were the flowery language,
    the wittily crafted figures of
    speech (remember “A
    Valediction Forbidding
    Mourning”?), the effusive praise,
    and the tragic complaints that
    defined poetry in the past…
   In their place, Wordsworth offered an
    intensified presentation of ordinary life
    and nature using common language.

   Wordsworth’s revolution took literature
    in a dramatic new direction, building the
    movement known as ROMANTICISM
   This revolution was rooted in his early love of
   He was born in the beautiful Lake District in
   Wordsworth spent his youth roaming this
   This region of NW England became the cradle
    of the English Romantic movement
   Parents died by the time he was 13
   Entered Cambridge University in 1787
   After graduating, he traveled through
    Europe, spending considerable time in
   Embraced the ideals of the French
   Fell in love with Annette Vallon
   Lack of funds and family pressure forced him
    back to England
   In 1793, with the Revolution turned violent, his
    dreams of liberty betrayed, he lapsed into a
   He was helped out of this by his beloved sister
    Dorothy and his friend and collaborator,
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
   Published with Coleridge in 1798
   Translated his revolutionary hopes from
    politics to literature
   Demonstrated his democratic ideals by writing
    in the language of ordinary people rather than
    “poetic” words (no dictionaries required!)
   Showed that the ordinary lives of ordinary
    people, when properly viewed, were really
    extraordinary (Thomas Gray, “Elegy…”)
   His autobiography in poetry
   Considered his greatest work
   Not entirely factual; to explain this…
   …WW claimed that this work told
    the story “of the growth of my
          Victorianweb.org

   A comprehensive, wonderful
    website for exploring literature,
    biography, theme, political history,
    and other ideas for English writers
    and others before and during the
    reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

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