The little hedgerow birds, That peck along the road, regard him not. He travels on, and in his face, his step, His gait, is one expression; every limb, His look and bending figure, all bespeak A man who does not move with pain, but moves With thought—He is insensibly subdued To settled quiet: he is […]
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was the foremost poet of English romanticism. His most famous work, The Prelude, is considered his crowning achievement, although he also published with poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge a set of Lyrical Ballads in 1789. Wordsworth’s father died at an early age, leaving him and his four siblings orphans. In 1843 Wordsworth became England’s poet laureate, a position he held for the remainder of his life.