The Inordinate Peregrination Of William Wordsworth

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“Wordsworth demonstrated that poetry was a free- a living- form of artistic expression,” (Conklin, 1996) William Wordsworth has allowed everything that has affected him in his life to influence his writing style. Because of the influences, Wordsworth has been criticized over and over. By reading a selection of Wordsworth’s work, it is clear that critics have not stopped him from writing because for the years following the publication of Lyrical Ballads (1798) Wordsworth created some of the best known short stories which also created a roar of criticism. Known for writing and starting the Romantic Age, Wordsworth was influenced by four distinct topics: the French Revolution, his family, his colleagues, and the nature surrounding him.
In 1791 Wordsworth went to France to live. During that time it was the heart of the French Revolution. He began to get involved with the political issues, rooting for the common peoples’ rights. Wordsworth then soon realized that the men who stood up for what they believed usually got killed. Between fighting for what he believed and writing, Wordsworth had fallen in love. Her name was Annette Vallon. She gave birth to William’s first child Ann Caroline in 1792. A war between England and France broke out in 1793. (Magill, 1958) Due to the lack of money Wordsworth had to travel back to his home country, England. He left without his girlfriend and newborn a year later. After Wordsworth unwillingly returned to his home, he produced multiple poems that reflected his feeling toward the French Revolution. One of which is Guilt and Sorrows (1888), the tone of which indicated that he still had strong feelings about social injustice. Wordsworth wrote but did not publish a seditious Letter to the Bishop of Llandaff (1793). The letter was the youthful poet and democrat's indignant reply to the forces of darkness, repression, and monarchy. (Parker, 1964) Thomas Paine (a great revolutionist) shared those emotions with Wordsworth. Their emotions were so alike that Wordsworth quoted Pain the letter to the bishop. Evidence of the letter ever being published later on in Wordsworth’s life is unclear. Even though Wordsworth had not married Annette, he provided support for her and Caroline the best that he could. The war stopped him from visiting Annette and Caroline for several years. The Reign of Terror came about in the same year his daughter was born. It changed Wordsworth. He became disillusioned with radicalism. It was reflected in his verse drama, The Borderers (1796). (Conklin, 1996) Two people came to his rescue during his time of depression: his sister Dorothy and his good friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Family meant a great deal to Wordsworth. Although, growing up with three brothers, it was his sister on whom Wordsworth relied on and helped him in his time of needs. He lost both his mother and father at very young age. Though, the death of his parents did not stop Wordsworth from continuing school. His uncle, whose...

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