Who was Wil­liam Wordsworth?

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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.

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