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who was an admirer of Wordsworth's work. William Wordsworth • William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770. Wordsworth developed a love of nature. • They collaborated on 'Lyrical Ballads'. but none was published until 1793. a theme reflected in many of his poems. . • Both Wordsworth's parents died before he was 15. and he and his four siblings were left in the care of different relatives. published in 1798. He became an enthusiast for the ideals of the French Revolution. • While studying at Cambridge University. • As a young man. Wordsworth spent a summer holiday on a walking tour in Switzerland and France. • He began to write poetry while he was at school. • In 1797 he moved to Somerset. to live near the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

he was given a government pension and the following year became poet laureate. William Wordsworth • This collection of poems. • His political views underwent a transformation around the turn of the century. and he became increasingly conservative. • Two of his children died. • In 1842. mostly by Wordsworth but with Coleridge contributing 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. • The poems were greeted with hostility by most critics. but it was never as great as his early works. his brother was drowned at sea and Dorothy suffered a mental breakdown. Wordsworth died on 23 April 1850. • He continued to write poetry. . disillusioned by events in France culminating in Napoleon Bonaparte taking power. is generally taken to mark the beginning of the Romantic movement in English poetry.

Features of Romaticism .

Love of Nature • Emphasized the importance of nature • Response to the industrial revolution • Lamented the shift in life from the peaceful countryside towards the chaotic cities • Believed that the industrial revolution transformed man's natural order • Believed nature helped the urban man find his true identity. .

Emotions Vs. instinct and intuition above everything else • Imagination was viewed as a powerful healing force. which focused on rationality and intellect • Placed human emotions. feelings.” . Rationality • Response to the age of Enlightenment. • William Wordsworth said that “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

• The poetic persona became one with the voice of the poet. • The poet or the painter was seen as a creator of something which reflected his individuality and emotions. the Creator • In the earlier times. Artist. the artist was seen as a person who imitated the external world through his art. .

• During the earlier eras. literature and art were considered to belong to the high-class educated people • Created for the masses or the common people • Interested and focused upon developing the folklore. customs and traditions of their own country • Language used in Romantic poems was simple and easy to understand by the masses. Nationalism • Borrowed heavily from the folklore and the popular local art. language. culture. .

Exoticism • Love of the exotic • Far off and mysterious locations for settings .

Supernatural • Belief in the supernatural • Fascination for the mysterious and the unreal .

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