• William Wordswort
He was born in Cumberland near London, in the Lake District, in 1770. He received a good education (he attend Cambridge University). As a young man Wordsworth was a supporter of the French revolution but when the revolution culminated in the reign of terror, he got disillusioned and he had a nervous breakdown. He went back to England and he moved to the Lake District. In England we have 2 generation of romantic poet, the first generations consist of Wordswort and Coleridge. They were also called “The Lakists”; they composed “The Lyrical Ballads”.
For Wordswort the poet was “a man speaking to other man” so the language used was simply and comprehensible for the majority of the reading public. The events told in his poems were taken from “Everyday situations”; the protagonist were humble and poor people and children because were considered purer and nearer to God. The child was the most uncorrupted being; as the child grow up, he lost innocence.
He was born in Devonshire in 1772; after attending the local school he went to university, but he took no degree. He was also influenced by the French Revolution and he was later disillusioned.
He moved to Lake District where he made friends with Wordswort and they started a work collaboration by publishing the “Lyrical Ballads” his contribution was “The rime of the ancient mariner”.
. The rime of the ancient mariner.
This story is told by a mariner during a marriage, which tells of how his ship had been blocked by ice at the South Pole and how the arrival of an albatross has brought a good luck with breaking the ice, but the fleet was hit by a curse and all the sailors died except one, who had killed the bird, and he tells his story to the people he met. At the end, “Death” and “Life in death” come to play dice. Death wins the lives of the crew members and Life-in-Death the life of the mariner: he has to wander the earth and tell eternally his story.