William Wordsworth Biography
(1770-1850) British writer. William Wordsworth is perhaps best known for his collaborative efforts with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a relationship that culminated in the publication of "Lyrical Ballads" (1798). This great work marked the beginning of the Romantic era. Read more about the life and works of William Wordsworth.
William Wordsworth - A History of English Literature
Read more about William Wordsworth, from A History of English Literature.
The Art of Writing - Robert Louis Stevenson
Stevenson writes, "Every one has been influenced by Wordsworth, and it is hard to tell precisely how. A certain innocence, a rugged austerity of joy, a sight of the stars, 'the silence that is in the lonely hills,' something of the cold thrill of dawn, cling to his work and give it a particular address to what is best in us."
Learn about the Romantic Period - British Literature
Many scholars say that the Romantic period began with the publication of "Lyrical Ballads" by William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge in 1798.
Criticism - Edgar Allan Poe
In "Criticism," Edgar Allan Poe writes, "Aristotle, with singular assurance, has declared poetry the most philosophical of all writings–but it required a Wordsworth to pronounce it the most metaphysical."
Daffodils - William Wordsworth
Read "Daffodils," by William Wordsworth.
The Morning of the Day Appointed for a General Thanksgiving.
Read "The Morning of the Day Appointed for a General Thanksgiving."
The Muse Strikes Back
These works rewrite literary history by creating different voices to put with 0ll of the faces and names that have become so familiar: the Biblical Eve, Lot's wife, Dante's Beatrice, Wordsworth's Lucy, Poe's Annabel Lee, and so many others.