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from Wood Engraving by Diana Bloomfield - Full size image=39K WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850)
Wordsworth was born on April 7th,1770 in Cockermouth, Lake Distict, Northern England. His mother died when he was 7 and his father when he was 13. Wordsworth was then sent to be educated at the grammar school of Hawkshead (in the Lake District) where he received a good education in an area which provided access to his lifelong love: nature and the environment. In 1787 he entered St John's College, Cambridge.
After Cambridge he visited France and became caught up with the country's revolutionary ideals. On returning to England, his early days were hard, frugal and generally despondent.
However, in 1797 he became close friends with Coleridge and formed a partnership that changed their lives and altered the course of English poetry.
Wordsworth eventually became Poet Laureate of England in 1843 and died in Rydal Mount, Westmorland on April 23rd, 1850.
(An interesting review of Wordsworth was given by F. L. Lucas in a brief essay of appreciation in a book entitled "Fifteen Poets", first published in January, 1941 by Oxford University Press.)



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