William Wordsworth

Wordsworth (1770-1850) was part of the Romantic Period (1784-1837)

William Wordsworth

"We Are Seven"

"The Tables Turned"

Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798

"Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known"


"The Ruined Cottage"

"Michael: A Pastoral Poem"

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

"Ode: Intimations of Immortality"

Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood"

Stanza 5 Stanza 6-7 Stanza 8 Stanza 10

"Ode to Duty"

What is the basis for the good, happy life?  One of the answers is to be a good person.  There are various definitions of what is means to be good: obeying God, trying to bring a good result, or trying to do your duty.

The idea that doing your duty is the goal of ethics is called the DEONTOLOGICAL theory of ethics.

"Elegiac Stanzas"

Wordsworth wrote this poem in response to seeing Peele Castle

Some of the dominant images the poem presents are the wind, the sea, and the sun.  As a romantic poet, Wordsworth often looked to nature to find inspiration.

"The world is too much with us" 

"Surprised by joy"


Mutability means change.  Change is the only constant, according to the poem.

"Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways"

Wordsworth is dealing with the consequences of the Industrial Revolution.  A poet in love with nature, what would he make of the 'progress' that altered it?