William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770  23 April 1850) was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).

William Wordsworth
Wordsworth on Helvellyn by Benjamin Haydon (National Portrait Gallery).
Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
In office
6 April 1843  23 April 1850
Preceded byRobert Southey
Succeeded byAlfred, Lord Tennyson
Personal details
Born(1770-04-07)7 April 1770
Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
Died23 April 1850(1850-04-23) (aged 80)
Rydal, Westmorland, England
Spouse(s)Mary Hutchinson (1802–1850; his death)
ChildrenDora Wordsworth
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge

Wordsworth's magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semi-autobiographical poem of his early years that he revised and expanded a number of times. It was posthumously titled and published by his wife in the year of his death, before which it was generally known as "the poem to Coleridge".

Wordsworth was Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death from pleurisy on 23 April 1850.