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Study the following brief information about William Wordsworth, one of the finest English poets, and write a paragraph on 'The Poet You Like Most'.


Birth: At Cockermouth in England in 1770.

Childhood: Father died when William was only 13; depended on the generosity of two uncles who paid for his schooling.

Education: School at Hawkshead near Lake Windermere, at St. John's College, Cambridge; graduated in 1791.

Poetry: 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798); 'The Prelude' (1805); 'Ode on the Intimations of Immortality', 'Yarrow Revisited', 'Tintern Abbey', 'The Excursion', 'The Solitary Reaper'.

Deah: 1850.

Source: Wikipedia

The Poet You Like Most

William Wordsworth, one of the finest English poets, is my favorite poet. He was born at Cockermouth in England in 1770. His father died when he was thirteen years old. He had his schooling at Hawkshead near Lake Windermere. To prosecute his studies, William had to depend on the generosity of his two uncles who bore the expenses of his schooling. William graduated from St. John's College, Cambridge in 1970. He lived for some time in France and was greatly influenced by the French Revolution. Publication of the 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798) was the product and fruit of his friendship with Coleridge. 'The Prelude' (1805) is the record of Wordsworth's growth as a poet. His other great poems include 'The Excursion', 'Ode on the Intimations of Immortality', 'Yarrow Revisited' (1835), 'Tintern Abbey', 'The Solitary Reaper', to mention just a few. Wordsworth defines poetry in his Inimitable way: "The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings," taking its origin from "emotion recollected tranquillity". Wordsworth's unalloyed and unmixed love of nature has endeared himself to me. He was a greater lover and admirer of nature. His dealings with nature are his chief glory as a poet. His treatment is accurate and direct. He wrote with his eyes "Steadily fixed on the object". As he wrote, he observed closely and this is evident in the slightest of his poems:

The cattle are grazing
Their heads never raising ("Lines written in March")

Wordsworth is not a mere lover of nature. He is the priest and pantheist of nature. He finds in nature the presence of the Supreme Being whom we call God. He looks on nature to hear "the still, sad music of humanity: ("Tintern Abbey")

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