Society

The Poetry

Wordsworth is often considered to be a poet who is interested only in himself, his experiences and his development, but this is not quite a fair reflection.

He supported social reform and believed in what were popularly known as the Rights of Man, the rights to individual freedoms of thought and expression, the right to justice.  Society was undergoing huge changes, and the drive for economic prosperity led to an increase in both urban and rural poverty.  Wordsworth explored the impact of such changes on the emotional and spiritual lives of the characters in his poems.

Some key poems

Excursion, Book 1

Michael, a pastoral poem

Resolution and Independence

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
- 'Personal Talk' by William Wordsworth
The Poetry

Wordsworth͛s poetry is synonymous with the unique landscape of the English Lake District.

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The Place

Wordsworth described his new home and the garden surrounding it as 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found'.

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