Presentation on theme: "William Wordsworth "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils;"— Presentation transcript:
1 William Wordsworth"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
2 Early Life Born April 7, 1770 Second of 5 children Father a law agent for a lord so family was well offMother died in 1778 (Children separated)Father died in 1783Began writing verse when attending Hawkshead Grammar School
3 The Wordsworth HouseToday Wordsworth’s childhood home is a popular tourist attraction. The fine Georgian home has been restored and refurnished to its original 18th century beauty.
4 The Wordsworth HouseWordsworth refers to his home at Cockermouth in his poem, Guilt and Sorrow:XXIV"A little croft we owned - a plot of corn, A garden stored with peas, and mint, and thyme, And flowers for poises, oft on Sunday morn Plucked while the church bells rang their earliest chime. Can I forget our freaks at shearing time! My hen's rich nest through long grass scarce espied; The cowslip-gathering in June's dewy prime; The swans that with white chests upreared in pride Rushing and racing came to meet me at the waterside."
5 Wordsworth in NatureThe beautiful landscape of the Lake District inspired the young Wordsworth; nature is a common theme that can be found in many of his poems.
6 The Rainbow My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began;So is it now I am a man;So be it when I shall grow old,Or let me die!The Child is father of the Man;I could wish my days to beBound each to each by natural piety.
7 The Middle Years1790-Takes a “walking tour” of Europe (Italy, Switzerland, France) visiting places known for the beauty of the landscape1791-Graduates from Cambridge University1791-Visits France/captivated by the revolutionary ideas/solidifies ideas about “the common man”1792-Daughter, Caroline, born to his French lover, Annette Vallon1793-Reign of Terror changes his feelings towards revolution/War with England causes him to leave France/Doesn’t see Annette or Caroline again for many years
8 Early Works In 1793, Wordsworth’s first works, An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches, were published butreceived little notice.“Where, bosom'd deep, the shy Winander peeps Mid' clust'ring isles, and holly-sprinkl'd steeps; Where twilight glens endear my Esthwaite's shore, And memory of departed pleasures, more.”From An Evening Walk
9 “We Were Three Persons With One Soul.” 1794-Reunited with his sister, Dorothy.Dorothy lives withWilliam for therest of her life.Met Samuel Taylor Coleridge,also a poet.They became close friends.They work together to create and publish poetry
10 Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth and Coleridge saw the poetry of the Neo-classical period as stale and un-relatable to the public. The twopoets initiated the Romanticera with their collaborativecreation, Lyrical Ballads,which contained old themesand new subjects.
11 Lyrical Ballads Old forms brought New forms for back to poetry: Nursery Rhyme Biblical/ScripturalBalladNew forms forpoetry:Children and womenCommon folks and peasantsThe importance of ImaginationNature as a manifestation of GodEveryday language of men
12 Quote from Lyrical Ballads "Poetry is the breath and finerspirit of all knowledge; it is theimpassioned expression which is inthe countenance of all Science.“William Wordsworth
13 Later Years In 1802, Wordsworth married Mary Hutchinson in the Brompton Church.She was theinspiration for hispoem, “She Was APhantom of Delight.”“She was a Phantom of delightWhen first she gleamed upon my sight;A lovely Apparition, sentTo be a moment's ornament;Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;”
14 however, the death of two of Wordsworth in Sorrow“…That thought's returnWas the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more;That neither present time, nor years unbornCould to my sight that heavenly face restore.”By 1810 they hadfive children;however, the death of two oftheir children in1812 causedWordsworth greatsorrow. His poem,“Surprised ByJoy,” reflects hisanguish.
15 Wordsworth and his family settled at Rydal Mount He continued to write poetry for the remainder of his life.In 1843, he became England’s poet laureate.He died on April 23, 1850Buried at St Oswald's Church in Grasmere.
16 ConclusionWordsworth's emotional power made him famous and influential.Defined poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings arising from emotionrecollected in tranquility.”He refused to conform to the “rules” of the Neoclassic period.Put passion together with plain language and meter and that is great poetry says WordsworthRomanticized nature and the common man who he believed were not “corrupted” by city life
17 "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory, do we come From God, who is our home."From Intimations of Immortality
18 Works Cited http://www.wordsworthclassics.com/cov/poet/1840225351.jpg
19 Works Cited http://www.wordsworthhouse.org.uk/ _pages/wordsworthhouse.html