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Birthday of William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Portrait by William Shuter in 1798.

Saturday, 7th April 1770

Today is the 249th birthday of the poet William Wordsworth who was born in Cockermouth in 1770.

Wordsworth is known as one of the Romantic "Lake Poets" who celebrated nature and the lives of ordinary people in their work. His magnum opus was the two volume autobiographical work "The Prelude":

"Was it for this That one, the fairest of all rivers, loved To blend his murmurs with my Nurse's song, And from his alder shades, and rocky falls, And from his fords and shallows, sent a voice That flowed along my dreams? For this didst thou O Derwent, traveling over the green plains Near my "sweet birth-place," didst thou beauteous Stream Make ceaseless music through the night and day, Which with its steady cadence tempering Our human waywardness, composed my thoughts To more than infant softness, giving me, Among the fretful dwellings of mankind, A knowledge, a dim earnest of the calm Which Nature breathes among the fields and groves? ..."

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