Friday, September 7, 2012

William Wordsworth

Born: April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Raised: He had four siblings and his mother died when he was eight. He was first published in 1787, his first year at St. John's College.

     1778: Hawkshead Grammer School
     1787: St. John's College, Cambridge

Famous Works:
"My Heart Leaps Up"
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
"The Tables Turned"

Died: April 23, 1850

"I Wander Lonely as a Cloud"

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. 

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