Who was William Wordsworth?
Born on 7 April 1770 in Cockermouth in the Lake District, William Wordsworth was a pre-eminent British poet who helped found the Romantic movement in English literature.
Alongside Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, Wordsworth was a major figure in the group known as the Lakes Poets. The trio refused to conform to the typical convention of poetry and were considered responsible for inspiring a movement of tourism and rich interest in the Lake District.
Having spent much of his life living in the Lakes, being inspired by the beauty of the landscape, William authored the hugely influential A Guide through the District of the Lakes in 1810. In his later years, Wordsworth was made England’s poet laureate.
William and his sister, Dorothy, lived together for much of their adult lives, and settled at Dove Cottage in Grasmere in 1799 and later Rydal Mount near Ambleside.
Dorothy was an avid naturalist, diarist and poet herself, and though none of her writings were published in her lifetime, many of her journals have been printed posthumously.