Fun Facts Friday: William Wordsworth

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William Wordsworth (7, April 1770 – 23, April 1850) was a poet from England who helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature.

Books by William Wordsworth*
Books by William Wordsworth*

1)      Mr. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England.

2)      When he was eight years old, the poet’s mother died. This event shaped much of his work.

3)      Wordsworth made his debut as a writer in 1787 when he published a sonnet in The European Magazine

4)      While visiting France in 1791 Mr. Wordsworth was impressed by the Republican movement, he was, however, disillusioned after the Reign of Terror.

5)      In France Mr. Wordsworth met Annette Vallon, the couple had a daughter. Unfortunately, Mr. Wordsworth had to return the England alone, but he always wished to marry Annette and supporter her and their daughter later in life.

6)      In 1793 Mr. Wordsworth’s fist poems where published as collections called An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches.

7)      The Borderers, was Mr. Wordsworth only play. The play was set during the rule of King Henry III.

8)      William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale owed Wordsworth’s father 4,000 pounds. This payment allowed Mr. Wordsworth to marry his childhood friend Mary Hutchinson. The couple had five children.

9)      Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a good friend of Mr. Wordsworth for many years. The two poets had a falling out due to Coleridge’s opium addiction.

10)   In 1813, after losing two children previously, Mr. Wordsworth was appointed as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland, which paid him 400 pounds a year. He moved is family to Rydal Mount, a home he lived in until his death.

Books by William Wordsworth*

Zohar – Man of la Book
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