The English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was prolific over the course of his long life and career, although he wrote virtually no new poetry after he was appointed UK Poet Laureate in 1843. But between the early 1790s and the late 1800s, the most productive period of his career, […]
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‘The Tables Turned’ is a poem from the 1798 collection Lyrical Ballads, a book co-authored by the two English Romantic poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. ‘The Tables Turned’ is one of Wordsworth’s poems from the collection. In many ways, the poem should be viewed as a companion-piece to […]
A reading of Wordsworth’s classic daffodils poem by Dr Oliver Tearle Often known simply as ‘Daffodils’ or ‘The Daffodils’, William Wordsworth’s lyric poem that begins ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ is, in many ways, the quintessential English Romantic poem. Its theme is the relationship between the individual and the […]
‘Expostulation and Reply’ is the ideal poem for a schoolchild to throw back at their teacher, when that teacher accuses them of being idle or not ‘doing anything’ simply because they’re not reading books at that moment.
In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle analyses Wordsworth’s famous line about poetry and ‘spontaneous overflow’ 1798 was the key year for Romantic poetry in Britain, for it saw the publication of the Lyrical Ballads, a collection of poems by the two brightest new stars in […]