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Wordsworth was a Romantic poet who believed in the inherent beauty and goodness of nature. He wrote many poems that explored nature and the values of solitude and peace. He rejected the modern life of his time, which he thought cut people off from the natural world. Celebrating the Beauty of Nature OVERVIEW Ode: Intimations of Immortality Wordsworth laments how we gain knowledge of mortality and become disconnected from nature and God when we grow up. “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” Remembering daffodil flowers moving in the wind gladdens Wordsworth’s heart. “The Prelude” Wordsworth meditates on his life and what comforts him most as he nears death—God’s presence and finding divinity in nature, beauty, and love. “We Are Seven” Innocent of death’s finality, a child insists she is one of seven brothers and sisters, even though two have died. “Tintern Abbey” Wordsworth celebrates the comforting effects of nature after spending years in a city. Context Wordsworth & Coleridge Wordsworth partnered with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge to write Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth & France At first inspired by France, Wordsworth was ultimately disgusted by the violence of the French Revolution. Literary Romanticism A pioneer of Romantic poetry, Wordsworth celebrated nature, imagination, and individualism. Reason for Politics Wordsworth believed that governments could protect people and nature. Power of Nature Nature is a powerful, mostly beneficent, force in the world. Themes Magic of Childhood One is closest to God and the natural world during childhood. William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud hey flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils. Sources: BBC, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Poetry Foundation Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. The Poems of William Wordsworthby the Numbers Year Wordsworth was named Poet Laureate of England Wordsworth’s children who died during his lifetime—out of five Wordsworth’s age when his mother died, greatly impacting him for the rest of his life Books in Wordsworth’s epic biographical poem, “The Prelude” 14 1843 3 8 Wordsworth’s poetry was influenced by the European landscapes he loved. Although he helped launch the Romantic literary movement with his friend and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the two eventually became estranged. Later in life Wordsworth devoted himself to his family and career as England’s Poet Laureate. WILLIAM WORDSWORTH Author English Original Language 1798–1850 Years Published William Wordsworth Author The Poems of William Wordsworth Fiction Poetry

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