William Wordsworth Poems

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Poems of William Wordsworth

“Nor, perchance,
If I were not thus taught, Should I the more
Suffer my genial spirits to decay:
For thou art with me, here, upon the banks
Of this fair river; thou, my dearest Friend,
My dear, dear Friend, and in thy voice I catch
The language of my former heart, and read
My former pleasures in the shooting lights
Of thy wild eyes. Oh! yet a little while
May I behold in thee what I was once,
My dear, dear Sister! And this prayer I make,
Knowing that Nature never did betray

- William Wordsworth (1)

  1. I wandered lonely as a cloud
  2. My Heart Leaps Up
  3. Written A Few Lines above Tintern Abbey
  4. To A Skylark
  5. To A Butterfly
  6. Ode To Duty

Poetry of William Wordsworth

The work of Wordsworth is singularly unequal. When at his best, as in the “Intimations of Immortality,” “Laodamia,” some passages in ‘The Excursion’, and some of his short pieces, and especially his sonnets, he rises to heights of noble inspiration and splendour of language rarely equalled by any of our poets. But it required his poetic fire to be at fusing point to enable him to burst through his natural tendency to prolixity and even dulness.  He has a marvellous felicity of phrase, an unrivalled power of describing natural appearances and effects, and the most ennobling views of life and duty. But his great distinguishing characteristic is his sense of the mystic relations between man and nature. His influence on contemporary and succeeding thought and literature has been profound and lasting. It should be added that Wordsworth, like Milton, with whom he had many points in common, was the master of a noble and expressive prose style.

(1) Quote extract from  Lines Written a few Miles above Tintern Abbey