Wordsworth’s poetry is synonymous with the unique landscape of the English Lake District.
He celebrated our relationship with nature and the importance of taking time to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the natural world. What is less well known is that he wrote about love, life and loss, as well as drawing attention to the poor and the vulnerable and giving them a voice.
Wordsworth’s poetry was written in the language of ordinary people, to show that “men who do not wear fine clothes can feel deeply”.
Below you can explore some of the key themes, questions and ideas surrounding Wordsworth’s poetry.
The most famous poem in the English language, I wandered lonely as a Cloud, was composed in 1804, two years after Wordsworth saw the daffodils while walking along the shore of Ullswater on a stormy day with his sister, Dorothy.
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