William Wordsworth books one must read

His poems are a reflection of the real life andmost from his own life

English romantic poet, William Wordsworth was instrumental in launching the Romantic Age in English literature from 1843 until his death from pleurisy on 23 April 1850. The year 1793 saw Wordsworth’s first publication of poems, in the collections An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches. But his magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semiautobiographical poem of his early years. However, it was posthumously titled and published by his wife but was generally known as ‘the poem to Coleridge’. Here is presenting a list of poems by William Wordsworth that is considered to be literary geniuses and one should definitely read once in a lifetime.

The Prelude
This is an autobiographical poem that William Wordsworth started writing at the age of 28 in 1798 and continued working on it throughout his life. Also known as Growth of a Poet’s Mind, the poem is in blank verse intended as the introduction to the more philosophical poem The Recluse, which Wordsworth never finished. The poem is an extremely personal account of the poet’s life revealing many details. Wordsworth never gave the poem a title and called it the Poem to Coleridge in his letters to his sister Dorothy Wordsworth and was published posthumously in 1850.

Tintern Abbey
This is Wordsworth’s most famous poem published in 1798 and has its roots in the poet’s personal history. The unique aspect of the poem is that it is a conversational poem containing elements of an Ode and dramatic monologue. Since the poem is based on a small place situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, hence the title. The poet through his poem is trying to help readers understand his philosophies on nature and its beauty.

Ode: Intimations of Immortality
This poem explores the narrator’s divine relationship with nature. It also compares the deep connection between a child and nature. However, the poet’s recollection of the past allows him to relive his relationship with nature. Interestingly, the poem was completed in two parts. While the first four stanzas were written among a series of poems composed in 1802 about childhood, the fourth stanza ends with a question to which Wordsworth answered with seven additional stanzas.

The Solitary Reaper
Published in 1807, Solitary Reaper has been a part of the English textbooks across the world. The poem is a beautiful ballad about a young girl reaping in the fields, whose song captivates the attention of the narrator. Mesmerized by the song’s tone, expression, and lyrical composition he asks passers-by to listen to the reaper’s song.

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