Share this entry
Wordsworth, William Line breaks: Wil|liam Words|worth
Pronunciation: /ˈwəːdzwəθ/

Definition of Wordsworth, William in English:

(1770–1850), English poet. Much of his work was inspired by the Lake District. His Lyrical Ballads (1798), which was composed with Coleridge and included ‘Tintern Abbey’, was a landmark in romanticism. Other notable poems: ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ (sonnet, 1815) and The Prelude (1850). He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1843.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Its mixture of elevated language and sentiment with prosaic detail is peculiarly Wordsworthian, and led Coleridge to comment on its ‘inconstancy of style’.
  • The closest we get to a Wordsworthian sense of nature as a consoler comes towards the end of David Copperfield when the narrator has retired to Switzerland following the death of Dora.
  • I see a Wordsworthian version of Romantic historicism as self-reflexive, operating within the competing temporalities of modernity.
Definition of Wordsworth, William in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources