William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was one of England’s major Romantic poets. Born and brought up in the Lake District, he was well-educated at grammar schools and at Cambridge, and began his career with two books of published poems, An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches in 1793. Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge he helped to found the Romantic Age by publishing Lyrical Ballads, one of the greatest poetical works of English literature. Very highly regarded, he was made Poet Laureate in 1843 and remained so until his death. His most famous work is generally considered to be the posthumously published autobiographical poem The Prelude, although all his works were very influential in shaping the landscape of English literature and are much studied and beloved to this day.
The first stanza of 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', one of Wordsworth's most famous poems, also known as 'The 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.