Sunday, May 1, 2011

Poet of The Month: William Wordsworth

Born on April 7, 1770, in England (United Kingdom), William Wordsworth was the second of five children born to John Wordsworth and Ann Cookson. Wordsworth learned poetry through his father, who guided him with the literary works of Shakespeare, Milton and Spenser. He began publishing his sonnets in a European magazine in 1787. After graduating with a degree in Arts, William took tours, often enjoying the landscapes and doing walking tours. Most of his poems are romantic, portrayed living figures and he showcased his love for them. His poems were published in 1793.

During the month of May, teachers and students will be reading poems written by Wordsworth. Here is an excerpt from his most famous poem entitled Daffodils;

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

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