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Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth (1770-1850)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Image of William Wordsworth

Index to poems

What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.<
        (Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, 175-186)
  1. Character of the Happy Warrior
  2. A Complaint
  3. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
  4. Dion
  5. Elegiac Stanzas Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle in a Storm
  6. Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg
  7. The French Revolution
  8. The Green Linnet
  9. I Travelled among Unknown Men
  10. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
  11. Influence of Natural Objects
  12. Inside of King's College Chapel, Cambridge
  13. It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free
  14. It is not to be Thought of
  15. Laodamia
  16. Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
  17. London, 1802
  18. Lyrical Ballads (1798) (co-authored with Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
  19. Michael: A Pastoral Poem
  20. Most Sweet it is
  21. Mutability
  22. November, 1806
  23. Nutting
  24. October, 1803
  25. Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
  26. Ode to Duty
  27. The Old Cumberland Beggar
  28. On the Departure of Sir Walter Scott from Abbotsford, for Naples
  29. On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic
  30. A Poet! He Hath Put his Heart to School
  31. The Power of Armies is a Visible Thing
  32. The Prelude: Book 1: Childhood and School-time (excerpt)
  33. The Prelude: Book 2: School-time (Continued)
  34. The Primrose of the Rock
  35. Resolution and Independence
  36. The Reverie of Poor Susan
  37. Scorn not the Sonnet
  38. September, 1819
  39. She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways
  40. She Was a Phantom of Delight
  41. Simon Lee: The Old Huntsman
  42. The Simplon Pass
  43. A Slumber did my Spirit Seal
  44. The Solitary Reaper
  45. Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle
  46. Sonnets from The River Duddon: After-Thought
  47. The Tables Turned
  48. There was a Boy
  49. Three Years She Grew
  50. To a Highland Girl
  51. To a Skylark
  52. To the Cuckoo
  53. The Virgin
  54. The World is too much with us
  55. Written in London. September, 1802
  56. Yarrow Revisited
  57. Yarrow Unvisited
  58. Yarrow Visited. September, 1814

Index to prose

  1. Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1798)

Biographical information

Given name: William
Family name: Wordsworth
Birth date: 7 April 1770
Death date: 23 April 1850
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John Wordsworth
          mother: Anne Wordsworth
          wife: Mary Wordsworth (from 1802)
          brother: Christopher Wordsworth
          brother: John Wordsworth
          brother: Richard Wordsworth
          sister: Dorothy Wordsworth
          daughter: Caroline Vallon
Language: English
Education
          Hawkshead Grammar School: 1778
          St. John's College, Cambridge (B.A.): 1787 to 1791
Honours
          Honorary D.C.L.: 1838
          Poet Laureate: 1843
Literary period: Romantic
Occupation: Stamp Distributor
Residences
          Cockermouth, Cumberland: 7 April 1770
          London: 1791
          Racedown Farm, Dorset: 1795
          Alfoxden: 1797
          Dove Cottage, Grasmere: 1799
          Allan Bank: 1808
          Rydal Mount: 1813 to 23 April 1850
Buried at: Grasmere Church
First RPO edition: 1997