"'Mighty poets in their misery dead' "
Ullswater, Lake District, England - the area where Wordsworth met his 'leech-gatherer'
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This is a quotation from a poem by William Wordsworth, published in 1807, entitled Resolution and Independence (or The Leech-gatherer). It describes the poet's meeting with a leech-gatherer on one of the Cumbrian fells.

My former thoughts returned: the fear that kills;

And hope that is unwilling to be fed;

Cold, pain, and labour, and all fleshly ills;

And mighty poets in their misery dead.

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