Bust of William Wordsworth on pedestal
Height (incl. pedestal): 7.3 inches (18.5 cm)
Width: 2.3 inches (7 cm)
Length: 2.2 inches (6 cm)
Base: 2.2 x 2.2 x 8.1 inches (6 x 6 x 8 cm)
Material bust: neolith (resin)
Material base: neolith (resin)
Weight: 1.1 lbs
William Wordsworth, born on April 7, 1770, is considered to be one of the major Romantic poets. Together with Samuel Taylor Coleridge he introduced Romanticism to English poetry: their joint work Lyrical Ballads (1798) marks the start of the Romantic era in English poetry. According to Wordsworth, poetry should be based on “the real language of men” and should do away with the artificial diction and rules of 18th century poetry. He defines poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility“.
The autobiographical poem The Prelude – published in 1850, a few months after Wordsworth’s death – is considered to be his magnus opus. It is an extremely personal and revealing poem on Wordsworth’s personal life. Wordsworth himself did not give this work a name. He simply referred to it as “The Poem”. It was his wife Mary who named the poem posthumously.
Wordsworth and Coleridge are – together with Robert Southey – also known as the “Lake Poets”.