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Born 7 April 1770 – William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (1770-1850), a titan of English Romanticism, left an indelible mark on the literary world. Born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, on April 7, 1770, Wordsworth spent his childhood amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District. This idyllic setting would become a recurring theme and source of inspiration throughout his poetry. Although he experienced personal tragedies, including the loss of his mother at a young age, Wordsworth found solace and profound meaning in nature. His education at Hawkshead Grammar School further nurtured his love for language and literature.

Wordsworth’s revolutionary collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Lyrical Ballads” (1798), is considered a cornerstone of Romanticism. This collection challenged the established poetic conventions by utilizing ordinary language and celebrating the beauty of the everyday world. Wordsworth’s most famous poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”), perfectly exemplifies his ability to elevate commonplace experiences into moments of profound emotional resonance. His magnum opus, the autobiographical poem “The Prelude,” delves deep into his own intellectual and spiritual growth, further solidifying his position as a central figure in Romanticism. Wordsworth spent much of his later life living in the Lake District, where he continued to write and eventually served as Poet Laureate until his death in Rydal Mount on April 23, 1850.

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