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Extract from the Conclusion of a Poem, composed in
Anticipation of leaving School
An Evening Walk. Addressed to a Young Lady.
Lines written while sailing in a Boat at Evening
Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree, which stands near
the Lake of Esthwaite, on a desolate Part of the
Shore, commanding a beautiful Prospect
Guilt and Sorrow; or, Incidents upon Salisbury Plain
Influence of Natural Objects in calling forth and
strengthening the Imagination in Boyhood and early
The Longest Day. Addressed to my Daughter, Dora
SKETCH OF WORDSWORTH'S LIFE.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland on the 7th of April, 1770, the second of five children. His father was John Wordsworth, an attorney-at-law, and agent of Sir James Lowther, afterwards first Earl of Lonsdale. His mother was Anne Cookson, the daughter of a mercer in Penrith. His paternal ancestors had been settled immemorially at Penistone in Yorkshire, whence his grandfather had emigrated to Westmoreland. His mother, a woman of piety and wisdom, died in March, 1778, being then in her thirty-second year. His father, who never entirely cast off the depression occasioned by her death, survived her but five years, dying in December, 1783, when William was not quite fourteen years old.
The poet's early childhood was passed partly at Cockermouth, and partly with his maternal grandfather at Penrith. His first teacher appears to have been Mrs. Anne Birkett, a kind of Shenstone's Schoolmistress, who practised the memory of her pupils, teaching them chiefly by rote, and