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William Wordsworth. Julio Perez Tracey Driver Christian Ruddick Jessica Spaulding . 1770-1850 Mother’s death led to break up of Wordsworth household Sent away to Hawkshead 1791 fell in love with Annette Vallon in France Lacking money returned alone to England 1792

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william wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Julio Perez

Tracey Driver

Christian Ruddick

Jessica Spaulding

biography

1770-1850

  • Mother’s death led to break up of Wordsworth household
  • Sent away to Hawkshead
  • 1791 fell in love with Annette Vallon in France
  • Lacking money returned alone to England 1792
  • Fell into deep depression
  • 1795 reunited with beloved sister Dorothy
  • Dorothy and him moved to Racedown, Dorset
  • Met and grew close to Coleridge
Biography
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1799 William and sister resettled in Lake District with Coleridge nearby

  • 1802 William married childhood friend Mary Hutchinson
  • Next 20 years struggled to find readers and acceptance for his work
  • Late 1820’s reputation gradually improved
  • 1830’s hugely popular
  • 1843 immense achievement recognized with poet laureateship
what is romanticism

In England, a literary and artistic movement originating in the late 18th century and lasting until the early decades of the 19th century.

  • Stressed the importance of the individual’s subjective experiences
  • Valued emotion, spontaneity, and imagination
What is romanticism?
wordsworth s poems contain distinctive stylistic elements

Long, free-flowing sentences, often with phrases that interrupt main ideas.

  • Inverted syntax, expected order of words is reversed
  • Unusual punctuation
Wordsworth’s poems contain distinctive stylistic elements
tintern abbey

Blank verse (unrhymed lines in iambic pentameter)

  • Fluid and natural style
  • Subject: childhood memory
  • Monologue imaginatively spoken by a single speaker to himself
  • Subtle strain of religious sentiment
Tintern Abbey