Who was William Wordsworth?


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William Wordsworth, an English poet who lived from 1770 to 1850, was a major figure in the Romantic Age of English literature. Wordsworth���s publication of ���Lyrical Ballads��� in 1798 with another poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, marked a major change of poetic style and direction.

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Who was William Wordsworth?
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In the ���Preface to Lyrical Ballads,��� Wordsworth describes this new style of poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." The human relationship to nature was a major theme of his work. ���The Prelude,��� a semi-autobiographical poem, is considered Wordsworth's most important work.

He wrote little prose, but his travel guide, ���A Guide Through the District of the Lakes,��� presents important geographical background for poems he wrote while living in the Lake District of northwest England.

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