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.
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.