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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Outliving all the other major English romantic poets, William Wordsworth was a conservative figure by the time of his death in 1850. Yet five decades before, with his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth had ushered in a revolution in English poetry, championing the literary philosophy now called romanticism. Viewed as a nature poet, Wordsworth saw nature as a source of spiritual comfort to human beings. His romantic philosophy valued imagination and emotion over reason and stressed the importance of the individual. It also placed poetry at the very center of human experience. Hugely popular in the decades after his death, Wordsworth is still widely regarded as one of England's finest poets.

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