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William Wordsworth

  • Birth 7 Apr 1770 Cockermouth, Allerdale Borough, Cumbria, England
  • Death 23 Apr 1850 Rydal, South Lakeland District, Cumbria, England
  • Burial Grasmere, South Lakeland District, Cumbria, England
  • Memorial ID 1159

Poet. Born in Cockermouth, England, he was the second of five children born to attorney John Wordsworth. The area in which Wordsworth would grow up in inspired him and gave him a love of nature. Wordsworth's mother died when he was eight and his father when he was thirteen. The death of his father would separate him from his sister, Dorothy, who was the most important person in his life. In later years, the two would reunite, and she would live with him for the rest of her life. Wordsworth would be taken under the wing of his two Uncles who ensured that he received an education. He eventually attended St. John's College at Cambridge University. While a student at Cambridge he sold his first work. Wordsworth took a walking tour in Europe around this time and had an affair with a French woman who would have his illegitimate daughter. While this affair inspired a poem, Wordsworth hid the relationship. In 1795, Wordsworth would meet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a poet who became a life long friend. The two helped create what would be the Romantic Period in Poetry. Their book, "Lyrical Ballads," would become an important work in that movement. In 1802, Wordsworth would marry a childhood friend, Mary Hutchinson. The pair had five children together. Wordsworth went on to enjoy acclaim as a poet and would eventually become Poet Laureate of England. His many works included "Tintern Abbey," "Ode: Imitations of Immortality," "The Lucy Poems," "Peter Bell," and "Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg." Wordsworth spent a great deal of time writing an autobiographical poem that he dedicated to Coleridge. The work would not be published until after his death. It would become know as "The Prelude" and would, over time, be widely considered his masterpiece. Over the years, declining health and the loss of loved ones would take a toll on Wordsworth. He died in Rydal Mount, England at the age of 80. The 2000 English film "Pandaemonium" (which starred John Hannah as Wordsworth and Linus Roache as Coleridge) is based on the period that they spent writing "Lyrical Ballads."

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1159
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Wordsworth (7 Apr 1770–23 Apr 1850), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1159, citing St Oswald Churchyard, Grasmere, South Lakeland District, Cumbria, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .