William Wordsworth And The Creation Of The Romantic Movement

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William Wordsworth and the Creation of the Romantic Movement William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a English Romantic poet. Wordsworth’s earliest poetry was “published in 1793 in the collections An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches. In 1795 he met Samuel Coleridge” (Encyclopedia.com), and produced Lyrical Ballads first published in 1978, it is largely credited as the work that begain the English Romantic movement. In the third edition of Lyrical Ballads published in 1802 the “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads was added to the poems and on page 242, Wordsworth gave his now famous poetry definition as being "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility". In 1798 The Prelude, perhaps one of the greatest works of English literature was first published. It is a long autobiographical poem that is a personal history of the growth of Wordsworth’s own mind. It was a constant work in progress, with Wordsworth working on it until his death in 1850. Lyrical Ballads published in 1798 is considered to be the fist mark of the English Romantic movement in literature. The Romantic period of literature, covered from about “1798 to 1832 and emphasizes nature, imagination, and the move from strictly scientific knowledge to the knowledge of experience” (A Guide to the Study of Literature). According to the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, Wordsworth explained his writing style
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