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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.

The Wordsworth Trust, Centre for British Romanticism http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/
This is a Web site companion to the Wordsworth Museum, located in a home where the poet lived.

Romanticism on the Net http://www-sul.stanford.edu/ mirrors/ romnet/
The home page of an online scholarly journal devoted to romantic studies, this site features essays on many aspects of Wordsworth's life and work.

William Wordsworth: Complete Poetical Works http://www.bartleby.com/ 145/
Search for and read all of Wordsworth's poems.

Romantic Links, Home Pages, and Electronic Texts http://www.english.upenn.edu/ ~mgamer/ Romantic/ index.html
Provides links to many sites related to romanticism in general and to individual authors

Romantic Authors http://www.sjsu.edu/ faculty/ patten/ romauthors.html
This site features biographical and critical information on romantic period writers, including Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

TCG's Wordsworth Page http://www.usd.edu/ ~tgannon/ words.html
A site containing information about Wordsworth, plus links to other Wordsworth-related sites