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Riassunto vita: William Wordsworth in inglese

La vita di William Wordsworth schematizzata in inglese.

• William Wordsworth was born in 1770 in the Lake District of north-western England.
• In 1779, he began grammar school and in 1787 went to St John’s College, Cambridge.
• In 1790 he went on a walking tour of France, the Alps and Italy, and returned to France at the end of 1791, to spend a year there. Wordsworth became a supporter of the French Revolution. He fell in love with Annette Vallon and they had a daughter.
• After returning to England alone, he was reunited with his sister Dorothy in 1794.
• In 1795, in London, he met the philosopher William Godwin and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The two poets had similar ideas on both love and poetry. By this time Wordsworth had become intensely disillusioned with the Revolution, whose initial ideas had degenerated into the so-called “Terror” of 1793-94. He later compared it in The Prelude to a “monstrous child” who refused to grow up.
• After following Coleridge to Germany, the Wordsworths settled at Dove Cottage in the Lake District.
• In 1802 he married Mary Hutchinson with whom he had five children. The last thirty years of his life were spent in the Lake District writing and revising his works.
• Wordsworth was made Poet Laureate in 1843 and died in 1850.
• Wordsworth and Coleridge are friends and both poet that work together but have great differences.

...and works
• Wordsworth published two long “travelogues”, An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches, in 1793.
• In 1798 Wordsworth and Coleridge published anonymously the Lyrical Ballads. In 1800, the second edition included Wordsworth’s famous prose Preface.
• The Prelude, a long narrative poem in which Wordsworth reflected on his youth and his early enthusiasm for the Revolution, was published in 1805.
• 1807 saw the publication of Poems in Two Volumes and 1814 The Excursion.

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