William Wordsworth Quotes (Author of Lyrical Ballads)
Childhood Memories Into an Adult Mind in Ode:Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth
Prior to the 18th century, children were considered little adults. It was only during the Romantic Era that the concept of childhood emerged. The Romantic Era was more than just opium binges , wild landscapes, and epic literary rivalries. It was also concerned with nostalgia for bygone worlds, simpler times, and the past. Linda M. Austin writes that these preoccupations helped the Romantics bring about something beyond poetry: a nostalgic concept of childhood that still resonates today.
William Wordsworth, English Poet Laureate from to , is often credited with discovering the Romantic child. In presenting this figure in his poetry, Wordsworth created a cult of childhood during the Romantic era, which continued well into the Victorian period and beyond. The Wordsworthian child most often acts as a child of nature. For Wordsworth, Nature is both the best parent and the best possible teacher for a child. Wordsworth's autobiographical Prelude , inspired by Rousseau's Emile , focuses on the development of the poet largely through his interaction with Nature beginning in childhood. There is little need for a human instructor when a child can go out into Nature and be taught by imagination and experience.
William Wordsworth was born 7 April in Cockermouth, England, a village in the northwest county of Cumberland. He was the second of five children born to John and Ann Cookson Wordsworth.
William Wordsworth. Wordsworth, born in his beloved Lake District, was the son of an attorney. He went to school first at Penrith and then at Hawkshead Grammar school before studying, from , at St John's College. In he went with friends on a walking tour to France, the Alps and Italy, before arriving in France where Wordsworth was to spend the next year. While in France he fell in love twice over: once with a young French woman, Annette Vallon, who subsequently bore him a daughter, and then, once more, with the French Revolution.