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Poems of William Wordsworth (Selected) | Poem Summaries

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"We Are Seven" Wordsworth's first significant collection of poems, Lyrical Ballads, appeared in 1798 and included "We Are Seven." It is... Read More
"Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" The precise title of the poem popularly known as "Tintern Abbey," part of the Lyrical Ballads, is "Lines Composed a Few ... Read More
"Michael" "Michael" is an extended ballad, pastoral in nature, dealing with rural life and shepherding. A long poem of 491 lines, ... Read More
"Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known" This poem, published in the second (1800) edition of Lyrical Ballads, has seven stanzas of four lines with tight rhyming... Read More
"Ode to Duty" The poem from the second (1800) edition of Lyrical Ballads moves through seven stanzas of eight lines in ABABCCDD rhymes... Read More
"Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802" "Westminster Bridge" was first published in Poems, in Two Volumes (1807). It is a 14-line Petrarchan sonnet, a form with... Read More
"The World Is Too Much With Us" Another Petrarchan sonnet with eight lines in ABBA ABBA form, followed by a sestet of CDC DCD, "The World Is Too Much Wi... Read More
"It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free" This sonnet, with the rhyme scheme ABBA ABBA CDE CED, first appeared in Poems, in Two Volumes. In the first octet, the c... Read More
"London, 1802" This sonnet from Poems, in Two Volumes follows the rhyme scheme ABBA ABBA CDD ECE, with an initial octet and a following... Read More
"The Solitary Reaper" The ballad of 32 lines was published in Poems, in Two Volumes. It has four stanzas of eight lines following ABAB CCDD ex... Read More
"My Heart Leaps Up" (also called "The Rainbow") This short poem from Poems, in Two Volumes combines the experiences of youth and maturity. In a single stanza of nine li... Read More
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" This poem originally appeared in the 1807 Poems, in Two Volumes, and a revised version was published in Wordsworth's Col... Read More
"Ode: Intimations of Immortality" This long, multi-part poem, originally called simply "Ode," appeared in Poems, in Two Volumes. It moves in over 200 line... Read More
"Surprised by Joy—Impatient as the Wind" This sonnet is a later work, published in the 1815 Collected Poems, with 14 lines divided into an octet and a sestet. "S... Read More
The Prelude The long epic poem is known as The Prelude, but Wordsworth had never decided on any title as such at the time of his dea... Read More
The Prelude, Book 1 Book 1 opens the narrative with the poet deciding to leave his life outside England and return to his native area in the... Read More
The Prelude, Book 2 Book 2 deepens the story of Wordsworth's education. He came to greatly value time spent in solitude as a way of gaining ... Read More
The Prelude, Book 4 The events of Book 4 are significant because they lead to the poet's eventual realization of what will become his specia... Read More
The Prelude, Book 6 Book 6 recalls, from the perspective of a decade later, the exciting adventure young Wordsworth had exploring on the Eur... Read More
The Prelude, Book 11 In Book 11 the poet moves from depression and despair over the breaking of his hopes for great events to come from the F... Read More
The Prelude, Book 13 The final book of The Prelude describes the power of Imagination as the highest faculty of humans. In 1791 Wordsworth an... Read More
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