|News Display: William Wordsworth Is Born|
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Description/Abstract: News Display: William Wordsworth Is Born, Friday, 4/7
On April 7, 1770, William Wordsworth, one of the founders of Romantic poetry and poet laureate of England, was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, near the Lake District. He was one of five orphaned siblings. Although his interest in writing became evident at school and during his years at The University of Cambridge, Wordsworth's poetry was not published until 1793, following time abroad in France and Switzerland. His collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, another poet who greatly admired his work, led to the publication of Lyrical Ballads (1798) which marked the beginning of the Romantic Movement. The Prelude, Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem was published after the poet's death in 1850.
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