7 Apr, 2021

William Wordsworth – romantic poet

William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. After the death of his parents, he was brought up in the house of his uncle, who gave him a good education in Cambridge.

Wordsworth’s interest in literature appeared early, he read his great predecessors Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton. In 1790, after visiting France and embracing the ideas of freedom, equality and fraternity, he devoted his life to literature. Having settled away from the city noise, he contemplates nature and writes poetry.

Starting in 1795, Wordsworth wrote his finest poems, also great poems. In 1807, 2 volumes of his poems were published. The theme of his poems was the inner life of nature, invisible to the eye, he noticed even the simplest phenomena and described them as a manifestation of the highest beauty. During his lifetime, two complete collections of the poet’s works were published.

William founded a new school of poetry called the “lake school”. Its characteristic feature is contemplation and daydreaming. Although this school did not have much talent, it had a great influence on all of the later poetry of England. And contemporaries treated them rather with hostility, subjecting them to ridicule. It was only much later that Wordsworth was appreciated by critics and now occupies a prominent place in the history of English literature.

Died William Wordsworth in Rydell Mount (Cumberland, England) on April 23, 1850, barely celebrating his 80th birthday.