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William Wordsworth

This author was inspired by radical ideas and was also a supporter of the french revolution.
He studied at a grammar school and he graduated at Cambridge in 1791, exactly during the development of the french revolution.
He traveled then in France, but he was disappointed in seeing that french revolution became a dictation (terror by Robespierre) so he came back to UK. When he came back he went living in Dorset with the sister, then moved again to lake district, where he wrote the lyrical ballads after meeting Coleridge, which preface is the manifest of romantic movement.
He was very appreciated for his conservatism.

He has been the first poet ever to define the ideals and the values of the English romanticism.

Declaration of poetry: poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings, the result of the "emotions recollected in tranquility".

In his poetry he uses common and easy language and adds new sets of human subjects at the center of his works:

    Lonely wanderers
    Poor country-people

And natural subjects:

    Wild flowers
    Natural scenes

He is able to "see into the life of things", and uses common language to describe pure emotions and subjects in a big variety of verse form.

-He teaches people how to see things.-

Relationship with nature:
Man in relation with nature develops his consciousness: feelings, that can be developed only with nature.
He has a pantheistic vision: man belongs to nature
!!Nature is the seat of the spirit of the universe!!

The importance of the senses:
Nature is linked to senses perception. Man can perceive nature through senses.


    Sensory experience
    Recollection in tranquility
    Kindred emotion
    Same emotion (point 4)

The poem Daffodils is the cloud of Wordsworth's poetry.

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