William Wordsworth 1770 1850 was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth’s magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semiautobiographical poem of his early years which he revised and expanded a number of times. It was posthumously titled and published, prior to which it was generally known as the poem “to Coleridge.” Wordsworth was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. Illustrated by “Barge on the River at Sunset, Amsterdam”
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